If you go to Thailand and see grown-up people walking with dolls and talking to them like children. Don’t freak out and think they are crazy. They are just raising a nice little spoiled baby ghost because that baby ghost will make them rich, will take care of their enemies and will give them the Lotto winning numbers.

Look Thep dolls, translated to “Child God,” are the updated version of the old kuman thong, the fetal fetishes containing the soul of a child traditionally worshiped, but without going to the trouble of obtaining a dead fetus. The monk invites the spirit into the doll with prayers and chanting, the better it’s treated, the more good fortune. The dolls are made in China and the ghosting is made in Thailand.

The dolls are strangely human-looking with mixture of spookiness thrown in. They are being “adopted” by – mostly – young to middle-aged women, who want to have a “child” of their own, or what to “expand” their family.

They are treated by their new adopted families as if they were human. They are spoken to. They are given a wide range of clothing, often expensive. They spend all their time with their families. They sit at the dinner table, and “eat” with the family.

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In a nutshell, they are given the same, or perhaps better, loving care as if they were real children.

Airlines in Thailand, in particular Thai Smile, are allowing the dolls to occupy a seat alongside its parents … provided that is, the doll has a ticket. Smaller dolls are allowed to sit on parents’ laps.

The airlines are providing full in-flight service to the dolls, including meals. And now restaurants are getting wise, and offering similar services. Of course, they charge for the food, eaten or not by the dolls. Some though are offering free food, to entice the doll-owning diners to choose their restaurant. Others have a height limit.

If the doll is taller than 120cms, the owners have to pay for the food. Otherwise the food is provided for free.

DJ Bookkoh Thannatchayapan from 94 FM went public with “Wansai,” his Look Thep on television once, claiming the doll has brought him success in the entertainment industry.

To know Luk Thep, we have to go back 600 years ago, during Ayutthaya period in Thailand and look at Kuman Thong “The Magic Golden Boy” effigies.

The traditional method of making a Kuman Thong effigy required the dead baby body who died whilst still in the mother’s womb.

The dead baby body has to be removed from mother’s womb and taken to the Cemetery. The ritual had to be performed at night and completed before dawn.

The baby dead body, had to be roasted in a fire until all fat and skin from the body burnt, leaving only a dry corpse and Nam Man Phrai, a kind of oil extracted by burning a candle close to the chin of a dead child. “Thai Baby Oil!“

The maker of the effigy would then paint it with lacquer and cover it with gold leaf.The government prohibited the practice of making Kuman Thong effigies since a long time ago, but they always find a way to create that Supernatural Golden Ghost!

The making of Kuman Thong effigies no longer required the usage of dead baby bodies which had now been replaced by usage of other materials, such as clay from 7 cemetery soils, special kinds of wood and metal. The spirit of a dead baby is then ritually invoked through recitation of specific mantras which will cause the spirit of the dead baby to reside in the effigy.

Although the usage of different materials have changed the traditional method of making a Kuman Thong effigy, the traditional method of worship has remained the same.

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The effigy should be taken care of like one’s own child, should be offered food and drinks on a regular daily basis, and toys. In return, Kuman Thongs will bring good luck and fortune.

If you see anyone carrying these Kuman Thong Amulets, just run as fast as you can. You don’t want to mess with a Thai Ghost!

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