Sonthi blows a fuse and speaks about magic, spirits and menstrual blood

A must-read published by Nation.

Sonthi, one of the PAD’s leaders, gave a speech end october, controversial it seems, during which he talks about magic.

This article analyses his speech and attacks it. It’s courageous. Here are a few quotes (from the speech).

“For many years in the past, the powers of many sacred things including the spirit of the City Pillar, the Equestrian Statue of King Rama V, Phra Sayam Thewathirat, and the Emerald Buddha, have been suppressed by evil people using magic. […]

“Behind it there is a stone. Evil-minded people had allied with some in the Royal Household Bureau to allow a Khmer adept to go behind the Emerald Buddha and take the stone away, because that stone is the important thing for emitting power.” […]

“I must thank the women of the PAD because after [the tacks] were pulled out, to ensure they would not be replaced, they took sanitary napkins from menstruating women and placed them on the six points.

“Experts said the spirit adepts were furious because they could not send their spirits back; their magic was rendered ineffective.” (Nation)

To stay on the same level, have a look at this piece… about this time the General Sondhi (Junta’s leader) and… fortune tellers. And this one (Thaksin and fortunes tellers). And this one (amulets and air force). And this one (Thaksin and bad luck).

As you see, the problem is… widespread. 😉

8 Responses to “Sonthi blows a fuse and speaks about magic, spirits and menstrual blood”

  1. 1 L Prao 10 November 2008 at 7:04 am

    Very educational TC.

    In this corner, wearing Red pants and attended to by Myanmar shaman ET and Khmer spirit-master Newin, is Thaksin the Invincible (until lately).

    And in the other corner, wearing Yellow pants, and attended to by Brahmins and menstruating women is Sonthi Lim.

    How many rounds so far before we all die from Thailand’s voodoo politics?

  2. 2 Patiwat 10 November 2008 at 8:16 am

    Let’s consult Nancy’s seances on the matter.

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 10 November 2008 at 8:42 am

    … Or Francois Mitterrand, the french president during the 80’s.

    You’re right, many officials around the world used and still use “astrology”, “cartomancy”… But that’s the point : stars and cards.

    Thailand goes further, in intensity (voodoo style, black magic, menstrual blood) and in publicity (it’s almost part of the day to day life). 😉

  4. 4 chinesethai 10 November 2008 at 9:32 am

    I think it is another kind of psychological war against some animistic factions, particularly Nevin Chidchob, in PPP though it may sound a bit stupid. Nevin Chidchob is a Thai of Cambodian blood, a firm believer in animism. Like Thais, Cambodians believed in animism before the arrival of Hinduism and Buddhism in this region.

  5. 5 FDL 10 November 2008 at 11:05 am

    Just confirms to me that there are lots of prominent Thais, Thaksin and Sonthi L. right there on top, who are not right in the head.

    It is NOT psychological war. These idiots (Sonthi L., Thaksin, Newin) truly believe in voodoo.

  6. 6 Charles Frith 10 November 2008 at 12:21 pm

    All would benefit from reading Taleb’s ‘Fooled by Randomness’.

  7. 7 ThaiCrisis 10 November 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Oh you’re so damned right : this book is a master piece.

    “The black swann” is even better (albeit more difficult) I think.

    But yeah, a must read… really… A must-medecine that all the clowns working in finances should swallow.

    And for all the others : a lesson of humility.

  8. 8 Bedwyr 11 November 2008 at 3:37 am

    The Thai tragedy is, that many Thais will believe this nincompoop.


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