Thailand’s ‘Golden Son’ dolls bring believers luck, protection


Saneh Sumetho praying and holding a Kuman Thong (Golden Son) doll, believed to be infused by the spirit of unborn boys and to supposedly bring the owner good fortune, at Wat Sam Ngam Buddhist temple in the central Thai province of Nakhon Pathom. – May 22, 2020.

SMEARING clay mixed with the dust of cremated bodies onto the base of a figurine, a Thai Buddhist monk chants incantations to invite lucky spirits into a relic dubbed the “Golden Son”.

Thailand is overwhelmingly Buddhist but beliefs are entwined with strains of animism and superstition, especially among older generations who venerate the supposed protective powers of the dolls.


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