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Does Bangkok Have Any Occult Shops?

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Does Bangkok have any occult shops? I would like to see what a Thai occult shop looks like (if there is such a thing) given I enjoy going to occult shops in my home city. In particular, I would like to buy some I Ching yarrow sticks in Bangkok and see what type of Thai occult books I can find. Maybe even see if I can find a Thai tarot desk or get a Buddhist astrology reading.

 

Any tips are welcome.

 

Thanks.

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Talk to the Khmer girls or anyone from Surin or Sisiket in any bar. They will know.

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Buddhists are supposed to believe in magic and the occult, but that doesn't stop them in the list. You can even see amulets and magic charms for sale in the 7-Elevens. Lots of this sort of thing around, with the really exotic harder to find.

 

http://kumarntong.blogspot.com/p/thai-occult-e-zines.html

 

p.s. Plenty of astrologers and fortune tellers around, but good luck finding one who speaks Thai.

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Thanks for all the tips!

 

Bust: What bars do the Khmer girls hang out?

 

Jitagawn: Yes, I can speak, write, and read Thai.

 

Flashermac: Thanks for the link!

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Bust: What bars do the Khmer girls hang out?

 

 

Wherever the punters are :biggrin:

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Doh ... that's supposed to say Buddhists AREN'T suppose to believe in magic. But the animist and other pre-Buddhist beliefs still survive in Thailand. There is a lot of mixing of faiths, as you will notice from the many statues of Hindu divinities to be seen.

 

You might like the big amulet market just west of the Grand Palace and along the river below Thammasat University. All sorts of strange things in there.

 

http://kirjon.com/sa...tic-beliefs.htm

 

http://www.pattayaun...es-and-beliefs/

 

 

p.s. There are many ethnic Khmers in Buriram and Surin. You sometimes find a few of them working in the gogo bars. Just ask.

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One of my sons went right through primary school with a thai girl who's mum was from Surin.

She told me once how her village often practiced spells. Told me she took a curse out on her ex when she left him.

 

I was always very nice to her.

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Thaksin had a Khmer shaman protecting him, and the Yellow Shirts held a cursing ceremony against Thaksin. Looks like the Yellow Shirts' magic was stronger. (Thaksin reportedly contacted a noted Burmese astrologer on his chances last year.)

 

There seems to be a big market for these in Singapore, of all places. The Chinese are into it too.

 

http://thailand-amul...cloths/c/425760

 

 

I wrote about this shrine for the Bangkok Post and Asia Magazine around 30 years ago:

 

http://en.wikipedia....e_Tuptim_shrine

 

http://asiaobscura.c...in-bangkok.html

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