If you visit Bangkok you will definitely hear many urban legends that are typical for that culture. One of those legends will be Luk Thep (Child Angels). I guess we all are quite interested in all kinds of supernatural dolls, so here we go!
Dolls that are being treated as if they are real children wearing formal clothing – this is what you might see if you visit Thailand. These dolls are known as Luk Thep, meaning “Child Angels”. So Luk Thep is a realistic doll possessed by the spirit of a child. Many Thai people own these dolls and are very proud of that. The owners believe that if the doll is possessed by some friendly spirit it might bring good fortune. The closer the owners are with dolls, the more luck will they bring. In fact it’s all about how you will treat them. It is believed that the dolls are a blessing for anyone who treats them well – bringing good luck and fortune, protecting their families from evil spirits that are lurking in the dark. However, if you treat them bad or not careful, they will misbehave, play tricks and bring bad luck.
There are many different theories on the origin of Luk Thep. It is said that Luk Thep are updated versions of Kuman Thong. Kuman Thong is a famous superstition in Thailand, meaning “Golden Boy”. When women have a miscarriage or lose the child, witch doctors invoke the spirits of dead bodies. Kuman Thong were fetuses, which had passed away before being born, carrying the spirit of the dead child. Some people think that this belief is related to Buddhism, Hinduism, Animism and Object Worshiping traditions.
So now when you visit Thailand and see people treating dolls like real children, taking care of them, you will know it’s all about the Luk Thep tradition.