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How to make a fortune

April 15, 2012

The other day my four-year-old son exclaimed “What is that?”. He had found a hole in the ground, and nearby some candles and flowers wrapped in banana leaves. Something was moving inside the hole and so I got my camera out to take an interesting picture of a ground dwelling animal. There were rolls of paper inside the hole, and to my surprise there was a young baby bird, so young the feathers had not developed yet. I could not but repeat what my son just exclaimed ‘WHAT IS THAT!’. ‘WHAT IS GOING ON?’.

A Thai gentleman who noticed our confusion explained the situation:

He had also found the hole in the ground, and when he looked inside there was a baby bird. That is unnatural, and logically the bird must be a spirit. The gentleman, a Thai university lecturer, quickly ripped out some papers from a notebook and threw them into the hole to allow the spirit writing the lucky numbers for the lottery. To further show respect for the spirit, he lit some candles, incense and brought some flowers. He was now waiting for the spirit to make up its mind.

“How can you see the numbers?”, I asked, thinking a baby bird might not be able to write, at least not without a pen. “There will be scratches and markings, and I intend to interpret them” the man replied.

What I think really happened was that after the recent storm a bird’s nest fell down, and one baby chick found shelter from the sun in this hole. If I could make a wish, I should wish that university teachers did not believe in superstition. That would bring fortune to the world.

Text & Photo: Eric Danell

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. christyherbs permalink
    April 15, 2012 1:35 PM

    very holy

  2. David Cooke permalink
    April 15, 2012 2:43 PM

    amazing Thailand!

  3. April 15, 2012 3:18 PM

    I have seen and heard many criticisms and condemnations of Thailand’s backward system of so-called education, but this takes the cake.

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