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Mass Pansukula Initiation Rites in Thailand Address Economic Crisis?

This from Al-Jazeera, covering the latest religious commodity craze out of Thailand: mass-pansukula initiation-style rites. I didn’t hear the word Pansukula here, and maybe it’s called something else, but the ritual is quite clearly a pansukula initiation rite of the sort discussed by François Bizot in his book Le don de-soi-même (1981), done in a modern style and mass produced.

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3 thoughts on “Mass Pansukula Initiation Rites in Thailand Address Economic Crisis?

  1. Pingback: Thais use ancient rituals to heal economic woes - 22 Mar 09 Video

  2. Fatpat says:

    This ritual has a variety of names, but the most popular one being “sleeping in a coffin, expelling bad luck” (นอนโลงสะเดาะเคราะห์) and also “pansukula death/life”. So it’s indeed an assembly line style of what Bizot has described. Creation of a dhamma-body with new organs, or a Deleuzian body without organs? 😉

  3. erikwdavis says:

    That’s fantastic FatPat, and thanks for the information! Your deleuzian comment intrigues me – care to say more?

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