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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Thai Holy Water: Nammon
Holy water, make or buy?
A personal story
David’s mother was diagnosed with kidney stone, but since she dare not want to
have herself operated; she choose to cure herself by drinking holy water. Right
after consuming two bottles of holy water, David’s mother started to suffer
from diarrhea and plying to and fro the toilet for two consecutive days. So
David thought that was caused by contaminated water and rushed this dear old
mother to hospital. To his surprised that the doctor told him that his mother’s
kidney stone was gone; perhaps already discharged from her body.
we continue to argue about if it was the water poisoning that has induced
diarrhea and indirectly caused the stone to be discharged out; or it was the
magical power of the holy water that indeed cured David’s mother?
In Thai we
call holy water “Nammon”. People will invite the monks to use holy water to
bless a new house, or bless the opening of a new business. People can also take
the holy water to their homes and keep it near the altar. This water is used to
clean away all bad influences. When the monks are praying, or are chanting, or
are learning the teachings of the Buddha, the water is blessed. This water
becomes holy water and the - monks will use the water to bless the people.
The origin of “Nammon”
In the time
of the Buddha many people in a city became ill. They asked the Buddha to bless
their city and drive the illness away. The Buddha prayed and chanted to make
some water holy, and then sprinkled the holy water all around the city. The
city and the people were then freed from the illness. We call this story of the
Buddha and water the “Ratanasutra”. People follow this sutra and use holy water
to wash away bad influences and to bring good influences.
How to get “Nammon”
You can get
holy water in a few numbers of ways:
holy water by prayer and incantation – By lighting incense, candles and giving
offerings, and then performing preliminary prayers, and incantations.
sacred items such as magical substances or amulets to empower the water.
it at “Phra Leab World”: There are various holy water to choose from, for
curing possession, for removing bad luck and etc. Since the price only ranges
from 10 to 50 Baht per bottle, many people are willing to give it a try. As to
the question if the holy water is as effective as claimed; try it and let me