Supernatural Luk Thep dolls are now treated like real children on flights in Thailand, which not only means these dolls have their own seats, but they are served real snacks and meals just like the other passengers. Thai’s Smile Airline flight attendants were directed in a memo to treat the ticket-holding dolls as if they were like any other child on board the airline’s flights.
The memo comes on the heels of the sudden rise in these supernatural doll owners, who believe these dolls possess the spirits of angel children. The doll owner’s goal is to make their supernatural doll happy, which in turn will bring them good luck. Some folks are going to bizarre lengths attempting make their dolls happy in hopes of luck coming their way. Just does how someone know when their doll is happy?
The airline’s memo directs the airline attendants to treat these dolls as if they are real children, by bringing the dolls snacks and meals. This is of course if the owner purchased a ticket for the doll. If the doll comes on board without a ticket, it is treated like carry-on luggage, reports MSN News on January 26.
The dolls must be buckled up upon takeoff and landing and they are not allowed to occupy an exit seat. The airline is only one of several businesses now catering to these dolls and their owners. According to Yahoo News today, this craze is sweeping across the country in Thailand with these dolls becoming “something of a cultural phenomenon” in that country. Smile Airlines statement to their staff reads in part that they need to treat the dolls like children because they have “undergone a spiritualistic process that breathes life into them.”
While the dolls have been around for a few years, their popularity has taken off in the past several months. The dolls are said to be given the souls of children by a woman, ‘Mama Ning’, from west Bangkok, who said she calls on a Hindu goddess to create a new soul of Luk Thep.
The trend has gotten so main stream that Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha sent out a statement urging people not to get caught up in the costly trend. He said that people should be more careful with their money than spending it on elaborate trips and gifts for a doll if they can’t afford it.
Yahoo reports that it appears owners of these Luk Thep supernatural dolls, “are not content with merely keeping one of the dolls, instead believing that the better the dolls are treated, the luckier the owners becomes. This belief has led to owners splashing out on designer clothes, meals and even plane tickets for the angels; in short, treating them as their own child.”
The dolls are called Luk Thep or Child Angels and they can cost hundreds of dollars. They are life-like in size and eerily child-like in their looks. A restaurant in Bangkok is also catering to these dolls by running a special for their dinners. This comes on the heels of more than 30 customers taking the Luk Thep dolls to the restaurant to eat in the past month.
The advertising for the Neta Grill in Bangkok claims, “In the past month, more than 30 customers have brought their Luk Thep to eat at Neta Grill,” the restaurant posted on its Facebook page Sunday. “Neta Grill is open to all worshipers (sic) and we’re glad to serve Luk Thep at children’s prices on the condition that all of the food ordered is consumed.”