Once again my son failed to correctly predict the Thai lottery; or to be more precise my Thai wife failed to correctly interpret his lottery number prediction skills. Unfortunately she went with the numbers he gave her in a dream and ignored the numbers he mentioned at bedtime two nights ago; she is now kicking herself for the missed chance. Two of the numbers he mentioned did come up ‘6’ and ‘7’, but they are not ones my wife went with. She took her chances with the more confident sounding dream son.
This might all sound a bit bizarre to those people who have not had the pleasure of living with someone who firmly believes in Thai superstitions. My wife accepts many things that might sound odd to other people; mind you, there are lots of things that I believe in that she finds equally odd. It is really no surprise that my wife holds these beliefs so strongly; after all her father is a maw pii (spirit doctor) in Phitsanulok. She was brought up soaked in local beliefs and she sees no reason to change this just because she is now married to a westerner. I wouldn’t want her to; maybe my view of the world is the wrong one.
My wife really does believe that my two and a half year old son can provide lottery numbers. I have met many Thai people who claim that young children have special skills like this. This idea is supported by the media where you will often hear stories of proud lottery winning parents. It is almost enough to make you believe that having babies would be a great ‘get rich quick scheme’. If you had a few babies dedicated to predicting lottery numbers around the world you would soon be driving a Ferrari.
My Son Always Picks Winning Lottery Numbers
Since my son learned to count my wife’s obsession has gone into overdrive. I think he realizes this and is always firing out numbers at her. She only remembers the ones that win and blames herself for no realizing the significance at the time. He loves to count in English and Thai so my wife has a lot of data to choose from; it is little wonder that she is having so little success with his predictions. A lottery predictor who mentions every number is always going to be right, but the information will be practically useless.
Many urban Thai people are now as dismissive of these older traditions as westerners tend to be. There is still huge support for the old ways in Thailand though. It is not just babies who are believed to have special lottery number prediction skills; meditation is also seen as a way to get the goods. This has been commented on in the past by some famous Thai monks who find the obsession a bit un-Buddhist.
Apparently Ajahn Chah, a famous meditation master, would get frustrated with Thai people coming to his sermons looking for lottery numbers. He began prefacing his sermons by denying having any ability to predict numbers; this often had the opposite effect and would have people more convinced that he was going to provide really good numbers. Any digit he mentioned during his talk would be dutifully written down and if he didn’t mention any numbers people would make calculations based on the number of words he used in a sentence.
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