By Khaosod English
08 October 2013, Last upated at 19:49 GMT
Boy Dies From Drinking 18 Litres Of 'Holy Water'
(8 October) A 16 year old
boy has died from drinking 18 litres of water, which was claimed to possess magical power, during an
exorcist ceremony in Songkhla province.
According to the father of the victim, the boy and
his twin brother had joined their family members in a religious ceremony which was held inside the
rubber farm owned by the family in Mueang Sadao district on 28 September.
[surname unclear], 36, reportedly led the ceremony, telling the participants that the rituals would
cleanse their souls of sinful elements.
The participants are said to have mediated in the
morning and afternoon, consumed vegetarian diet in the mid-day, and engaged in an exorcist ceremony
in the evening which took place from 16.00 to midnight.
According to the victim′s
father, Ms. Karnchana instructed the pilgrims to drink a barrel full of "holy water", 18 litres in
capacity, before midnight of each day in order to release the evil spirits from their bodies. The
participants were also reportedly instructed to drink the water until they vomited.
twin said the victim suffered seizure after he drank the barrel of water on the first night, but the
leading necromancer, Ms. Karnchana, managed to revive him and told his relatives that the spirits
were attempting to flee from the boy′s body.
On the night of 5 October, the older twin said,
the boy suffered another seizure and fainted as he drank the water. He was later revived by other
participants, who were convinced that a "tiger ghost" was leaving his body, and forced to drink more
holy water once he regained consciousness.
The boy reportedly fainted, and was revived to
drink the water, for three times before he eventually lost his consciousness for the final time
around midnight. After failed attempts to resuscitate him, the family members finally brought him to
hospital at 03.00, where the medical staff pronounced him dead.
The older twin was also sent
to hospital for injuries he suffered from the holy water consumption. His father said Ms. Karnchana
slipped past the family members to visit the boy, reportedly telling him she had seen his twin
brother "dressed in beautiful garments" in heaven.
Doctors at the hospital said the deceased
victim suffered from lung flooding and heart failure which was caused by excessive water
Pol.Cpt. Pawich Ritthamnark of Sadao Police Station told our correspondent he
is seeking for further evidence that ties Ms. Karnchana with the boy′s death, in order to issue
arrest warrant against her.
He said he had interrogated the necromancer but she had insisted
that she did not coerce anyone to drink the holy water throughout the ceremony.
Thais of Chinese descent are observing the holy season during which they abstain from meat and dairy
products, and engage in various religious ceremonies.
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