Monday, 27 September 2010

Thailand's Buddha Amulet Craze - Jatukam Ramathep

At the Thai Buddhist temple at Nakhon Si Thammarat, Wat Mahathat – adverts for these Buddha amulets appeared on the side of Bangkok’s biggest skyscraper and prices for amulets blessed by Buddhist monks fetched prices between £1000 to £1500 .They were believed to give magical properties to their owners and wearers. A pyramid scheme of ever rising prices and active trading markets reached fever pitch before crashing in the way that all speculative markets eventually do. The Buddhas’ Face as part of our Buddhism 101 project details the phenomenon that gripped Thailand and the motives and consequences of this uniquely Thai phenomenon.

Read more about this strange and bizarre Thai cult in our article Thailand's Buddha Amulet Craze - Jatukam Ramathep, Buddhist Thailand's madness for amulets.

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then beleive them to be true.


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