Friday, 27 July 2007

Monk shuns Jatukam

Despite the craze for Jatukam Ramathep amulets among Buddhists, revered monk Luang Phor Khoon Parisuttho yesterday reiterated that he would have nothing to do with the Hindu-based talismans.

"I have said and still insist that I will not produce or bless Jatukams. I have no reason to do so. I have never even had a notion to do so. To those who plan to ask me for sacred substances to make Jatukams, please give up the idea. I have nothing to give," Luangpor Khoon said while recovering at Maharat Korat Hospital.

Rumours have circulated among Jatukam fans that some versions of the talisman will include secret materials from Luang Phor Khoon's Ban Rai Temple. Sacred materials in talismans is a main factor in their popularity.
The Jatukam fad was worth Bt20 billion in May. Tawach Ruangrai, manager of Ban Rai Temple, said the temple had also tried to clarify its stance on Jatukam by putting up banners containing its message.
"But people still keep asking," he said. The abbot was hospitalised on Wednesday for symptoms of blood poisoning. His condition has visibly improved, and he should return to the temple on Monday, his doctor said.

Published on July 8, 2007
The Nation
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