A Buddhist monk in Thailand cut off his own head – on his birthday – in the hope that the horrible sacrifice would bring him luck in the afterlife, according to reports.
Thammakorn Wangpreecha, 68, a monk for 11 years, built a guillotine next to a religious statue depicting the god Indra doing the same thing, the UK Metro reported.
The monk’s nephew, who found the decapitated body, said he had left a note.
“He claimed that cutting off his head was his way of praising Buddha, and he had been planning this for five years,” said Booncherd Boonrod.
“His desire was to offer his head and soul so that the Lord could reincarnate him as a superior spiritual being in the next life,” added the nephew.
Hundreds of devotees of the dead monk later went down to Wat Phu Hin temple in Nong Bua Lamphu to prepare his body for the funeral – placing it in a coffin, with his head in a separate coffin, to be burned in the forest.
“He accomplished his goal and achieved enlightenment,” said one of his followers, Yu, according to the media.
The National Office of Buddhism asked the local government to help spread the message that people can give money or birds in captivity free of charge as a sacrifice, instead of cutting off their heads.
“Temple executives and abbots must review their practices and care for other monks in their temples. This incident is possible evidence of negligence in doing so, ”said office spokesman Sipbowon Kaeo-ngam, the International Business Times reported.
“We have to prevent these unpleasant situations from happening again,” he added.