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    All the cool kids are worshiping haunted dolls now
    May 22, 2015

    A new superstition-fueled trend has emerged in the kingdom with locals seen cradling, feeding and dressing up their haunted dolls in the belief they will bring wealth and blessing.

    Look Thepkuman thong, the fetal fetishes containing the soul of a child traditionally worshiped, but without going to the trouble of obtaining a dead fetus. Instead, Look ThepLook Thep Look Thep. The prices range from THB2,000 to as high as THB15,900, obviously depending on the quality of dolls.

    Here are more photos of Look Thep from a woman who calls herself Mama Ning, who founded an online Look Thep club.

    Photos: Look Thep by Mama Ning

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    Come fly with me: Thai Smile sells plane tickets to Look Thep dolls
    January 26, 2016

    Look Thep dolls strapped into plane seats.
    Photo: Look Thep creator Mananya "Mama Ning" Boonmee

    After getting their own restaurant meals, celebrity fans, and even arch enemies, Look Thep dolls can now count airplane flights among their privileges.

    Thai Smile Airways will now allow passengers to buy tickets for the haunted dolls, allowing them to have their own seats on the plane and even get served food and drinks, Thai PBS reported.

    An internal memo was recently issued by the airline to its employees advising them of the move.

    "Look Thep is a doll who is alive." the note said. "Look Thep is a doll whose spirit was created to live in the doll and can be raised like a child. Owners can take them to travel."

    Look Thep, or "Child God," are a popular superstitious trend among Thais, who believe they are possessed by a child's spirit.

    Fans raise the dolls as their own children, taking them out in public and even buying them designer clothes in the belief they will bring them good luck.

    Thai Smile Airways said it had decided to sell air tickets to the dolls, which it referred to as "Child Angels," after staff reported several passengers who took the dolls on vacation and were reluctant to put them in cargo hold.

    Many would put the dolls on their laps and some asked plane staff to serve their "children" snacks and drinks, the airline said.

    However there will be some restrictions on the dolls. They can't sit in the middle row or in emergency exit seats, which are reserved for passengers who need special assistance.

    The airline memo also noted: "Look Thep must also fasten their seatbelts during departure and landing."


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      PM asks people not to buy Look Thep dolls if they cannot afford them
      January 25, 2016

      Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha urged Thai people not to be carried away with the current trend of caring for the Child Angel or Look Thep dolls and should spend their money wisely.

      The dolls are all about superstition, he said, adding that they are not something which is indispensable and they should not be bought if they cannot afford them.

      Asked whether some of the rubber to be bought from rubber growers by the government will be used to make Child Angel dolls, the prime minister said it was much better to use the rubber for road construction.

      Justice Minister Paiboon Kumchaya, meanwhile, expressed concern that the dolls might be used to smuggle drugs.


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          Chayanit Itthipongmaetee
          26 January 2016



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              Police Seize Contraband Child Spirit Dolls
              Sasiwan Mokkhasen
              26 January 2016



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                Lucky 'angel' dolls not human, says Thai aviation authority

                BANGKOK(AFP) - Thailand's air safety body warned passengers on Wednesday (Jan 27) that lucky "child angel" dolls cannot be considered real people and must be properly stowed before take-off and landing.

                The unusual clarification from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) came in response to the latest superstitious craze sweeping the kingdom, where Thais are pampering lifelike dolls that are believed to contain the spirit of a real child hoping it will bring them good luck.

                Known in Thai as "luk thep" (child angels), the pricey dolls, which can cost up to US$600 (S$856.25), were first popularised by celebrities who claimed dressing up and feeding the dolls had brought them professional success.

                This week multiple local media outlets ran reports based around a leaked memo from Thai Smile suggesting the airline planned to begin offering airline tickets - including in-flight drinks and snacks - to the dolls.

                The memo defined the "child angels" as "a doll that is alive", adding that the figures should be placed in window seats so as not to disturb other passengers and that seatbelts should be worn during take-off and landing, according to reports.

                But in its statement, the CAAT said child angel dolls were "non-human beings that cannot be considered passengers".

                "Carry on baggage must be stored inside overhead lockers or underneath the seat," it said.

                Thai Smile has not denied the leaked memo, but it has not made any formal statement either.

                More than 90 per cent of Thais identify themselves as Buddhist. But the country's Buddhism is known for its syncretism, comfortably blending many animist and Hindu traditions into daily worship.

                Superstition runs deep with many fervently believing in ghosts, good and malevolent spirits and that offerings of various kinds will ward off bad luck.

                The recent doll-mania, which began a little over a year ago, has seen adults bringing figures to Buddhist ceremonies, restaurants and the cinema.

                That has irked some officials with Thailand's police chief warning this week that the fad was going too far.

                On Tuesday, officers in Bangkok confiscated more than 100 dolls and arrested three vendors for allegedly failing to pay import taxes.

                Thai anthropologist Visisya Pinthongvijayakul told AFP that the practice has roots in the ancient occult worship of preserved foetuses thought to contain a child's spirit.



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                  Sangha Supreme Council meets to curb ritual performance for child angelsViolating the order could result in defrocking.


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                    John Draper
                    Fri, 05/02/2016

                    For the past three years, as part of a growing trend which has now hit the international headlinesarticle from the Buddhist Door points out is essentially connected to spiritual materialism, not Buddhism. Is all this a case of societal insanity - a form of collapse of rationalityPhoto courtesy
                    culture shock. The shock is to the individual who is experiencing a major change in how their society is behaving.

                    In fact, the use of dolls in different societies worldwide has a long and illustrious history dating back tens of thousands of years to the dawn of human cognition. In some cultures, this has been formalized. For example, in Japan, it used to be that a Japanese girl received two hina dolls when she was born. These went with her when she married and could be passed down in the family. An annual festival on the third day of the third month celebrated these dolls in a festival of dolls, the hina matsuri. At this festival, the dolls of living people entertain the dolls of the dead. An excellent academic summary of dolls from the historical and anthropological perspective, by Anna Chernaya, is available as a PDF here.

                    A Japanese hinamatsuri set,

                    Raggedy Ann meeting Raggedy Andy in 1920,

                    The character was created in 1915 as a doll, with the creator canny enough to patent it as US Patent D47789, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book Raggedy Ann Stories. The combination of the doll and stories were a great success and created a trend of commercializing dolls. Other similar, mass-produced and commercialised dolls important in the Western psyche include Paddington Bear (first created as a toy in 1972), a form of teddy bear (teddy bears were invented only recently, in 1902 after the politician Theodore Roosevelt), and of course Barbiehere.

                    Moreover, the collection of dolls and the imbuing of human qualities into them by the owner also exists in the West in the form of the collecting of porcelain-head (bisque) dolls. The 2004 work by A. F. Robertson, Life like dolls: The collector doll phenomenon and the women who love them
                    Collectable German antique porcelain-head (bisque) doll,

                    Moreover, Robertson also points out that for many women, these dolls are alive. One of the main reasons attributed by Robertson as to why these women see these dolls as living is a form of transference.escapismprojectionGeneral Prayut himselfhereJatukam Ramathepdressing as children


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                      what's the money on this dude ending up as an one more Thai sexually confused gatoey?


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                        The irony of child angel dolls
                        February 18, 2016

                        From Thairath, February 2, 2016

                        Title: How can we have come this far?

                        Top left: Child angel. [shows the dolls being blessed by a monk]

                        Middle bottom:On the bin:Mouse man: Handicapped society.



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