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Thais Take Coffin Naps to Fix Karma

$5 buys a few minutes in monastery's gaudy pink boxes
By Victoria Floethe,  Newser User
Posted Oct 1, 2008 7:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – As Thailand's economy slows and its government falters, growing numbers of deeply superstitious citizens are jostling into a pink coffin to "die," the Telegraph reports. At about $5 a head, monks in a monastery outside Bangkok officiate over the "dead bodies" in the coffins, before ushering in the next group of people hoping to rid themselves of bad karma.

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"As I lay there listening to the chanting of the monks, I feel relaxed," said one regular. "When I got up I was thinking of good things, thinking of the Buddha image in the hall. I felt good."
(Read more Thailand stories.)

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