200,000 eggs offered to Buddha statue to make coronavirus go away

While we’re all waiting for good, science-based public health policy to contain the current coronavirus, a little spiritual bribe can’t hurt, can it? While Myanmar encourages people to chew pepper and Indonesia shields itself with prayer, a group of Chinese travelers came to a famous Buddha statue in Thailand to make an offer it hopefully ...

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FaithPanda? Busy Buddhist has offerings delivered in exchange for streaming blessing

FaithPanda? Busy Buddhist has offerings delivered in exchange for streaming blessing

Sometimes you want some karma goodness without any of the inconvenience. Lamyong Tiengtham wanted to make merit yesterday but was stuck at work, like so many coming down from the...

Cousins, choirs and customs: Key moments in Pope’s Thailand trip

Cousins, choirs and customs: Key moments in Pope’s Thailand trip

A cheerful reunion, an interfaith choir and a dazzling dance — here are some of the most striking moments from Pope Francis’ four-day trip to Thailand, which ended...

Pope cautions Thai youth against tech pitfalls

Pope cautions Thai youth against tech pitfalls

Pope Francis warned against the potential pitfalls of technology and the competition for young people’s “attention” on Friday, dedicating the final full day of...

Pope to address Thai youth on final full day of Bangkok visit

Pope to address Thai youth on final full day of Bangkok visit

Pope Francis will meet Friday with teachers and students in Thailand’s “small but vibrant” Catholic community on his final full day of a...

Pope urges respect for prostitutes at crowded Bangkok mass

Pope urges respect for prostitutes at crowded Bangkok mass

Pope Francis led an impassioned mass for tens of thousands of emotional worshippers at a packed Bangkok stadium Thursday, urging respect for prostitutes and trafficking victims...

‘Peace prayer’: Muslim choir from restive Thai south to sing for pope

‘Peace prayer’: Muslim choir from restive Thai south to sing for pope

Gripped by nervous excitement, young Muslim singers from Thailand’s conflict-plagued south gather for choir practice ahead of a performance of a lifetime — for Pope...

Pope meets Thai Buddhist patriarch on visit promoting religious peace

Pope meets Thai Buddhist patriarch on visit promoting religious peace

Pope Francis met with Thailand’s supreme Buddhist patriarch on Thursday in a gilded Bangkok temple on the first full day of his Asia tour aimed at promoting religious...

Pope Francis lands in Bangkok for 4-day visit (Photos)

Pope Francis lands in Bangkok for 4-day visit (Photos)

Pope Francis landed just after noon at Don Mueang International Airport as people lined up along his route into town to welcome the 82-year-old pontiff.  The pope was seen waving...

Persecuted Catholics ‘honored’ to glimpse Pope Francis in Thailand

Persecuted Catholics ‘honored’ to glimpse Pope Francis in Thailand

Clutching her entrance badge to see the Pope, Vietnamese Catholic refugee Ko Sa says attending the pontiff’s mass this week is a great honor — a rare bright spot in...


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Coconuts Bangkok religion

Bangkok is steeped in religious tradition that affects every aspect of life in this modern-yet-ancient city. It’s quite normal to see sex workers on Soi Cowboy wearing bikinis but offering incense and rice at the red light district’s shrine before engaging a night of debauchery. They hope it will bring them good luck and money from customers. Cats like spirit houses too.

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