Never in our wildest dreams did we think that owning a doll that bears any resemblance to Chucky would ever become a thing. But it is in Thailand and the trend is huge.
Known as Child’s Angel or “Look Thep” (Thai for “Child God”), these life-like dolls come in the size of a human baby, and are being toted around by several Thai celebrities and women like a precious Birkin bag.
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The dolls are looked upon as good luck charms and widely believed to invite good fortune and blessings, as well as serve as protection from harm for their owners.
A Child’s Angel doll costs between 2,000 baht to 20,000 baht ($55 to $550), and its owner is expected to put it through a special ritual ceremony that will draw an angel in. According to The Carbonated TV, the Thais believe that the spirits of dead children are invited to live in the doll through the ritual.
The “Look Thep” superstition is believed to have been derived from the ancient Kuman Thong practice. Followers of this practice worship dead foetuses, in hopes that the spirits of the dead children will make their wishes come true.
Thai radio host Bookkoh Thannatchayapan has gone on record to talk about his experience with his own “Look Thep” doll, which he refers to as “my son Wansai.” “The first day I got him, I took him out shopping for clothes in the baby section,” he said. “Right after I paid for his clothes, I got a call that my canceled job was back on!”
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In fact, Thannatchayapan is so devoted to and enamoured by Wansai, that the doll is now included in his family portraits.
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“Look Thep” owners care for their dolls like they would a child Ã¢Â€Â” that means feeding and talking to the doll. It has become such a norm to see people treating these dolls like infants that some Thai eateries are now catering to this trend by serving kids’ meals meant for “Look Thep” dolls.
Most recently, Thai Airways’ low-cost carrier, Thai Smile, announced that “Look Thep” owners are able to purchase seats for their doll. This will entitle the doll to flight facilities and services that children receive. However, these dolls will not be allowed on emergency exit seats and are restricted to window seats.
The airline’s acting chief officer Capt. Woraneti Lahprabang told Thai PBS that the decision to provide seats to “Look Theps” was made when passengers traveling with the dolls complained about being asked to place them in the overhead cabin or under the seats. He explained that in the past three months, more than 40 “Look Thep” dolls have been taken onboard and the number is set to increase.
According to local news outlets, the director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, Chula Sukmanop, has called for a meeting with all Thai-registered airlines and airport operators to discuss standard procedures for passengers traveling with “Look Thep” dolls. “Without a standard, if passengers carry on ‘Look Thep’ dolls aboard airplanes and cause a problem or unexpected incident in the way that affects air safety, that may affect efforts to solve the red flag and significant security concern of the International Civil Aviation Organisation,” he said.
Good luck with sleeping tonight.
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