Offbeat Thailand: Buddhist amulets, Happiness objects Faced with coronavirus

12:25  15 may  2021
12:25  15 may  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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Theravāda amulets and charms trace their magical powers to repel evil spirits not only to the Buddha but also to beneficial nature spirits, demigods, charismatic monks and wizards. Now, these blessed objects are being specifically formulated with the intention of protecting people from contracting the coronavirus . In Japan, for example, Buddhist organizations have been conducting expulsion rites that call on Buddhist deities to help rid the land of the coronavirus . Mahāyāna practitioners have faith that the blessings bestowed by these deities can be transmitted through statues or images.

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Le chauffeur de taxi Wasan Sukjit prie dans sa voiture, le 3 mars 2021 à Bangkok © Lillian Suwanrumpha The Taxi driver Wasan Sukjit prays in his car, March 3, 2021 in Bangkok

for Sopee Silpakit, the ritual is immutable: amulets and chain Tight in the hand, he recites a prayer before putting the medallions around the neck and take the wheel of his taxi to Bangkok.

This gives it the tranquility of mind needed to practice its occupation by Covid-19 weather.

is 65, carrying customer after a customer in the promiscuity of a vehicle exposes it more than others to the disease, and the anxiety grew recently while the Thai capital is the epicenter of a third wave of The epidemic in the Kingdom.

"I pray every day these amulets: + Do not let the virus approach me +", he tells the AFP. "I think they have the gift of protecting me from the virus and keeping healthy".

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A majority Buddhist, Thailand has a deeply superstitious culture, much of the population being anchored in the belief that luck and good fortune come through these blessed objects.

Le chauffeur de taxi Wasan Sukjit dispose des amulettes sur le tableau de bord de sa voiture, le 3 mars 2021 à Bangkok © Lillian Suwanrumpha The Taxi Driver Wasan Sukjit has amulets on the dashboard of his car, March 3, 2021 in Bangkok

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Some spiritual modes are powered by the media, such as hyperrealistic figurines called " Angel child ".

but the most popular are the amulets, adopted by different layers of society, the taxi driver to the businessman.

They can be simple, like a small Buddha statue, or more elaborate, with sculpted patterns covered with a plastic coating to protect them.

aligned with its dashboard, hung on the mirror or placed in the cabin, Sopee has accumulated more than a hundred of these sacred objects. Extreme spiritual protection that makes it "confident" against the virus.

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Quelques unes des amulettes les plus chères de Wasan Sukjit (plus de 500 euros), le 3 mars 2021 à Bangkok. © Lillian Suwanrumpha Some of the most expensive amulets of Wasan Sukjit (over 500 euros), March 3, 2021 in Bangkok.

"I do not care the price of all these amulets in my taxi," he says to the AFP, getting a way in the alleys of Old Bangkok. "The bottom line is the value it has for me".

Buy, sell, collect the amulets is so popular that Bangkok has a market that is entirely dedicated to them in the historic district. Those who have been blessed by a famous religious exchange at gold prices.

particularly frequented by the elderly, the bazaar has been closed several times by the authorities since the beginning of the CVIV-19 crisis, to limit contamination within the fragile populations.

"The most expensive in my possession cost about 10,000 to 20,000 baht (320 to 640 dollars)", explains Wasan Sukjit, a 43-year-old taxi driver, who says they have received some of these rare amulets as a gift.

L'image d'un moine bouddhiste imprimé sur un tissu est accrochée au plafond du taxi de Wasan Sukjit, le 3 mars 2021 à Bangkok © Lillian Suwanrumpha The image of a Buddhist monk printed on a fabric is hung on the ceiling of the taxi of Wasan Sukjit, March 3, 2021 in Bangkok

The ceiling of his vehicle is also covered with a tight fabric representing a monk Buddhist, who seems to watch over him during his travels in the dense traffic of Bangkok.

In taxi drivers, belief in these sacred objects is fueled by stories of drivers who miraculously survived car accidents, in a country known for the dangerousness of its roads.

Behind Libya, country at war, Thailand ranks second in the world in terms of mortality, according to a classification of WHO.

"Some cars decorated with Buddhist amulets have been victims of accidents, but their drivers have only light injuries," says Wasan at AFP, adding that the decoration of his taxi "also helps to attract customers "

Its vast collection can give passengers peace of mind against the virus.

"But of course, real and physical protections remain the mask and the hydroalcoholic gel," he says, his surgical mask still hanging on the face.


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