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The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical MonkPracticing Buddhism in Modern Thailand$
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Justin McDaniel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153775

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153775.001.0001

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Texts and Magic

Texts and Magic

(p.72) 2. Texts and Magic
The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk

Justin Thomas McDaniel

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses Dr. Supachai Charusombun’s opinion on Somdet To’s signature chant, the Jinapañjara. In his book, Montra b ambat: Mahasachan s atphaet t ang l uat (Mantra Remedy: The Miracle Circulatory System Treatment), Dr. Charusombun claims that the Jinapañjara has the power to soothe the mind and to cure physical ailments including cancer, diabetes, and related long-term illnesses. The chanting has certain rhythmic features that can balance the blood flow, open up energy channels (like n adi in yoga or x ian in acupuncture) and cure diseases. He adds that the chanting of the Jinapañjara will be more effective if combined with mudras (deliberate hand movements) and proper posture.

Keywords:   Somdet To, Jinapañjara, Dr. Supachai Charusombun, Mantra Remedy, mudras

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