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Posts tagged Buddhist monk

Sister Suicide – The 5th Crime Wave Press Title – Out Now!!!

Suicide Sister, the second installment of the Father Ananda series sees the Bangkok based Buddhist monk and his sidekick Jak travel to the Thai hinterlands to investigate the mysterious death of a nun in a Buddhist theme park, popular for its garish depictions of hell. As soon as the reluctant sleuth arrives at the monastery […]

From the Archives: Wai Khru Day – The Wat Bang Phra Tattoo Festival in Thailand

Every year in March, thousands of Buddhist devotees gather at a temple an hour west of Bangkok to worship and celebrate one of Thailand’s strangest cults: At Wat Bang Phra, Buddhist monks use long needles to tattoo magic images and prayers on the believers’ skin. The tattoos are believed to give the wearer protection, especially […]

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