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January 28 - The privileged world of Thailand's supernatural dolls

Article: Rising interest In The Supernatural
 

A craze for eerily lifelike supernatural dolls has swept Thailand in recent months. Their name, "luk thep", literally translates as "child angels" and people believe they bring good fortune and they are pampered by their owners as if they were children.
 
After purchasing a doll, the owner brings it to a monk who conducts a prayer and an anointing ceremony known as "plook sek".
Such prayers are normally used to bless lucky amulets, which are also popular in Thailand, where ancient beliefs in magic are still prevalent. In the case of "luk thep", it is often seen as a way of animating the doll, where a wandering spirit is invited to inhabit it and give it a soul.
 
Thai Smile Airways made news this week when it said passengers could purchase tickets for the dolls who would get their own seats, snacks and drinks. At least one eatery in Bangkok has cashed in on the trend. Neta Grill said earlier this week it is offering meals for "luk theps" at child rates, adding that the restaurant is "open to all worshippers".

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