New Thai PM uses holy water, feng shui to ward off occult

BANGKOK(Reuters )- As he prepares to move in to Bangkok’s Federal government Home this week, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is going to wonderful lengths to sweep away any occult obstacle.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gets here for an image session at Government Home after an audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Prayuth, 60, has really left nothing to possibility since leading a military coup to fall a democratically elected federal government on May 22. After a vigilantly prepared power grab, he has actually systematically offed dissent.That meticulousness is being carried out to his government. Like many politicians and generals prior to him, Prayuth thinks in spiritualism and prophecy and on Monday members of his entourage were seen carrying Buddha statues and religious idols believed to bring luck in to Federal government House.But his beliefs surpass standard faith, and recently, Prayuth informed

an audience of splashing himself from head to toe in holy water as his challengers had in fact tried to curse him.Army officials mention his views on the spirit world and routines to fend off wicked are not likely to influence federal government policy, nevertheless.” Like lots of Thais, General Prayuth has a deep regard for the spirit world, however his policies will be identified by severity, functionality and the requirements of people,”Veerachon Sukhontapatipak, deputy representative for the army, informed Reuters.Despite its outwardly modern-day appearance, daily life in Thailand still plainly consists of pre-Buddhist animist beliefs.The timing of Tuesday’s relocation into the prime ministerial work environments has been minutely planned.Prayuth’s cabinet will start work at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, state media reports-a beneficial number in a country where numbers

imply everything.The number nine-pronounced”Gaow”in Thai-is thought about especially fortunate.It seems like the Thai word “Gaow-Nah”, which implies to progress.Furniture in Prayuth’s designated office has actually been organized according to the concepts of feng shui, a Chinese kind of geomancy or belief that deep space

is comprised of five parts- earth, water, fire, wood and metal.”Prayuth’s work table has actually been placed in the east of the work space as this is believed to assist fast choices,”a prime ministerial assistant, who asked not to be recognized due to the fact that he was not accredited to talk with media, told Reuters.”The tones in the structure will primarily be green, as this is the army’s color and Prayuth, as army chief, works with green, “the assistant said.In March, an anti-government group, the Network of Students and Individuals for Thailand’s Reform, held its own occasion at Federal government Home to reverse black magic specified to have in fact been utilized against them by members of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government.Members of the group positioned three Buddha statues in the complex’s primary building to “ruin black magic”, a group leader stated at the time.FORTUNE TELLERS Critics state the survival of these beliefs hurts democracy and the course of politics require to be dictated by the will of the living rather of political leaders’ belief in spirits and the stars.”It is not unusual to utilize astrologists to choose

what day and time to stage a coup, for example, “stated Kan Yuenyong, an analyst at Siam Intelligence System believe tank.”It’s not merely Prayuth, it’s all Thai leaders, and it can be a damaging

(course to take) because, rather of examining a circumstance according to realities and the political circumstance on the ground, they may rely on astrology rather and intensify an unstable situation

.”Before the previous coup in 2006, which followed a year-long political crisis, popular Thai foreteller Warin Buawiratlert mentions he informed General Sonthi Boonyaratgalin,

then chief of the Royal Thai Army, that there would be a coup and Sonthi would lead it.On Sept. 19, 2006, Sonthi fell the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a billionaire telecom tycoon who won considerable support among the poor nevertheless had made lots of opponents among the royalist establishment.Warin recounted the prediction in a book composed after the coup.The straight-talking Prayuth seized power in a bloodless coup this year after months of presentations in Bangkok by advocates of the royalist center versus Thaksin’s sis, Yingluck.However, he stunned some observers when he referred

to black magic throughout a meeting recently.”I have an aching throat and discomfort in my neck. Someone stated there are individuals putting curses on me, “Prayuth stated.”I had a lot lustral water put over my head that I shivered all over.

“Additional reporting by Pracha Hariraksapitak; Modifying by Simon Webb and

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