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    Each year, thousands of devotees gather at a shrine in Klong Bang Sue, near Bangkok, Thailand for the three-day "Chi Kong" Festival.

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    GV temple entrance
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    CU name of temple
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    MV people offering food to Buddha statue
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    CU & MV man praying
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    MV & CU Buddha statue
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    MV Somsakdi praying
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    Cutaway people watching
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    MV & CU Somsakdi drinking wine (3 shots)
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    Cutaway people watching
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    GV & CU Somsakdi places iron ball and pour wine over devotee (2 shots)
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    MV & GV Somsakdi winging his iron ball
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    GV & CU man pouring oil into pan
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    CU burning charcol
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    CU boiling oil
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    GV & MV Somsakdi pouring wine into boiling oil (4 shots)
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    CU burning oil
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    GV Somsakdi sprays oil on believers
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    CU woman praying
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    More shots of baptism with boiling oil (3 shots)
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    Background: Each year, thousands of devotees gather at a shrine in Klong Bang Sue, near Bangkok, Thailand for the three-day "Chi Kong" Festival.

    The festival, with its semi-religious overtones, is centred around one man -- Somsakdi Thamvidhyatharn -- a 44-year-old Thai-Chinese. Mr. Somsakti, who is the founder of the "Chi Kong" shrine, claims that he is possessed by the spirit of the beggar-monk Chi Kong.

    According to Chinese legend, Chi Kong is a sage and a monk with incredible healing powers. But unlike most monks, Chi Kong dressed in beggar's clothes, ate meat, drank wine, and is reputed to be a "womaniser".

    Every year, during the festival, Mr. Somsakti demonstrates how he is possessed by the spirit of Chi Kong. This year, he lifted a boy in a basket suspended from a hook stuck into his right cheek. On previous occasions, he has climbed a ladder with sword-blades for rungs, took a bath in boiling oil, and walked across a bed of hot coals. All this, supposedly, under the spell of Chi Kong.

    The "cult" of Chi Kong has a large following in Thailand. Each year, for the past 16 years, over 10,000 believers visit the Chi kong Shrine. They offer food and prayers for good health and prosperity for the forthcoming year. During the three-day festival, they receive the blessings of Chi Kong, when Somsakdi, under the influence of the beggar-monk, "baptises" his followers with boiling oil mixed with wine.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1F5M92GSV21KEX4Q7QGP2CIJE
    Media URN:
    VLVA1F5M92GSV21KEX4Q7QGP2CIJE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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