In May 2012 police found six grilled and gilded embryos, that a Brit of Taiwanese origin kept in his hotel room in Chinatown in Bangkok. 28-year-old Chow Hok Kuen explained, he intended to sell the fetuses to Taiwanese business men as a talisman.
For Westerners this might sound like a plot from a horror movie, but in Asia it is a widespread belief, as for example in Thailand, where these golden fetuses were found and police assumes, that Thailand is also the origin.
This belief comes from a Thai legend called „Khan Chan Khan Phasen“, in which a dead embryo lends supernatural powers to the main character and protects him.
Our reporter Alexander Grawe visited an expert at Bangkok amulet market.
Mr. Supachai Ruangsangamsiri is a luminary in the field of amulets. He has already prepared some „Guman Thong“ (thai name for golden fetus) for us. But we are a bit disappointed, they don’t look like spooky, dead embryos, but like Buddha statues with the body of an infant. Plus they are made of stone, ceramic or wood and not made of a real human embryo.
Mr. Ruangsangamsiri explains that these are the normal „Guman Thong“, those made of real embryos are only used for black magic and are actually banned on the amulet market.
Guman Thong statue looks similar to a Buddha statue
These „Guman Thong“ supposedly work the same way: luck, wealth and protection for the one who owns it