A Thai street seller cheated death after a Buddhist monk stabbed him in the neck to prove that the lucky amulets he was hawking had no supernatural powers. The hawker was selling ‘occult’ charms when he began arguing with the monk over their abilities last Friday afternoon in the popular China Town area of Bangkok, Thailand.
Victim Nai Atchawanit, 30, is said to have told monk Niwan Phrachakasem, 54, that the lucky amulet around his neck was blessed by higher powers and could repel attacks. Niwan allegedly said he would disprove it and produced a 12-inch long knife from under his orange robes before slashing at Atchawanit’s head and neck. Harrowing video footage shows the injured man falling to the ground in a pool of blood, before a brave tourist intervened and held him up to prevent blood loss.
With the monk a few yards away holding a knife, the tourist was heard calling for help while many locals hurried by – too afraid to intervene. The English-speaking man, in white t-shirt and orange shorts, has been credited with helping to save the victim’s life.
Police arrived on the scene and arrested the knifeman monk who told police that the victim had ‘encouraged him to stab him to test the power of his amulet.’
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