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    Cult followers advised to get check-ups after consuming their own bodily discharges

    Followers of a cult leader in a village in Khon San district of Thailand’s north-eastern province of Chaiyaphum have been advised to get medical check-ups at their nearest hospital after they consumed their own urine, feces, scurf, pus, and phlegm on the recommendation of the cult’s leader, to “cure their illnesses”.


    The leader, a 75-year-old man, has been arrested in Chaiyaphum on initial charges of encroachment on public land and violation of the Communicable Diseases Act.


    Director-General of the Department of Disease Control Department (DDC) Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong said today (Monday) that human urine, excrement and other discharges are unhygienic and must not be consumed, especially feces, which is infested with harmful bacteria which can lead to diarrhea, cholera and other serious diseases.


    Police raided the cult’s “monastery” in Chaiyaphum’s Dong Klang sub-district on Saturday, following a tip-off that there are 11 cadavers being kept in coffins in the compound and that the cult leader had provided bizarre treatments to his follower. Dozens of jars containing the concoctions were also found.


    None of the followers or their leader wore face masks at the time of the police raid.


    Police found 11 corpses on the premises, which the followers claimed were being kept there ahead of “sending their souls to heaven”.


    Chaiyaphum Governor Kraisorn Kongchalard said yesterday that he has ordered Kon San district’s chief officer to dismantle the monastery for alleged encroachment on public land.


    He added that the 11 cadavers will be sent for autopsy.


    A group of followers went to the Kon San police station today to offer moral support to the cult’s leader, whom they respectfully call “Lord Father”, and to follow up on the case against him.

    Cult followers advised to get check-ups after consuming their own bodily discharges | Thai PBS World : The latest Thai news in English, News Headlines, World News and News Broadcasts in both Thai and English. We bring Thailand to the world

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    Which reminds me , whatever happened to Dr,Earl?
    (and what's 'scurf')

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    Dead skin, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Dead skin, I think.
    Dr earl or scurf?

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    this isn't the same story about the miraculous water spring that was on this mornings news which they were showing people drinking and applying to themselves?

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    Well that's put me off my dinner

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    Cult Leader Released on Bail, Temple Ordered Demolished


    A cult leader has been released on bail after being arrested after police discovered 11 dead bodies in coffins at a make-shift temple in central, northeastern Thailand.


    Police are now making further inquiries to find out who may have been involved in keeping 11 dead bodies found on Sunday at a cult temple in Chaiyaphum.

    The 75-year-old cult leader, identified as Mr. Tawee Nanra, was arrested following complaints that he spread superstitious beliefs and offered non-scientific treatments for various illnesses to patients visiting his temple.


    On Monday, Mr. Tawee was released on 50,000 baht bail, which was paid by his brother, Mr. Thongthip Nanra,62.


    Initial charges against Mr. Tawee included encroachment on public property, violating the Medicine Act, transferring corpses, and holding illegal gatherings under the emergency decree.


    Kraisorn Kongchalad, the governor of Chaiyaphum, announced on Tuesday that he had formed an inspection panel to investigate how local authorities had remained unaware of such macabre activities.


    Kraisorn has also told the cult’s followers to leave the premises, and a demolition notice was posted outside.


    Cult Temple Ordered Demolished


    An initial aerial reconnaissance by GPS placed the temple in a forest area, which is considered encroachment, according to Saroj Boonprom, the Khon San Forest protection unit chief.

    Mr. Saroj said the investigation would take another three or four days.


    Post-mortems have already been conducted at Khon San Hospital for the 11 corpses found at the scene. The bodies will be returned to their families.


    Mr. Tawee, known by his followers as a Phra Bida or “spiritual father,” convinced followers that he could cure sickness by drinking and eating his urine and excrement.


    According to officers on the scene, he also prepared ya dong, herbal medicine that included animal hair, bones, and coconut shells.

    Meanwhile, at a cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called the behavior of Mr. Tawee and his followers “Disgusting.”


    At the same time, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul said that followers called Mr. Tawee Phra Bida; however, the psychiatric hospital staff would simply call him Mr. as he has never been legally ordained as a monk.

    Cult Leader Released On Bail, Temple Ordered Demolished - News

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