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The National Office of Buddhism yesterday issued an announcement forbidding all monks from performing ‘Plook Sek’ superstitious rituals on ‘Luk Thep’ or ‘Child Angel’ dolls.
Violating the order could result in defrocking.
The announcement came after a meeting between the Sangha Supreme Council and the National Office of Buddhism to discuss the issue of monks performing ‘Plook Sek’ ritual on flocking of people to some temples with their child angel dolls for the superstitious rituals.
The meeting agreed to issue two announcements.
First announcement forbids monks from receiving money from practicing sorcery and all monks are forbidden from trying their hand at creating amulets, talismans or charms in accordance with 1951 edict by the Sangha Supreme Council.
The second announcement says any monks found violating this order and attempting to earn monetary returns from such practices will be severely punished.
This is in accordance with an edict issued by His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch in 1933 which says monks who been found to have abused their positions with regards to the order mentioned above will be immediately defrocked.
The two announcements have been sent to all temples and monasteries in the country.
In response to a number of images that was posted on the social media showing 50 novice monks and 5 monks diving to view sea coral in a field trip to Lao Ya Island in Trat province, the National Office of Buddhism stated that the matter was being looked into.
It stated that when the details are revealed, the relevant provincial officials will be asked to issue a reprimand to the monks because they state that although no code of conduct was violated, their action represented and earthly desire that is unseemly in individuals that have taken vows as religious representatives.