A YouTube video of a monk praying quietly in a boiling oil pan recently made the rounds online, people wondering how the monk does not scream in agony with his body being cooked. Esoteric users of social media are delighted with the possibility of the capacity of Thai monk to defy physics with its “magic”. Unfortunately, skeptical scientists soon pointed out some facts that almost end up with the illusion.
The monk, from Nong Bua Lamphu province of Thailand, seems at ease while sitting in an oil cauldron with a fire raging below. It is also seen sharing their magical powers with others, touching objects that pass for it. His followers believe that his touch can transfer power to his charms or fabric pieces. These objects are apparently sold to residents and other places of worship.
But not everyone is fooled by the monk’s miracles. According to the scientist Jessada Denduangboripant, Chulalongkorn University, there is no evidence that the oil is really boiling. –
“The only way to prove it is to measure the temperature of the oil where it is seated and the auxiliary monk not allow approach anyone , “ she wrote. -“. the oil does not seem to be boiling and the pot looks very strange, as if it had two layers to insulate heat “ Jessada did not stop there. She says there are several ways to create this kind of illusion. She even demonstrated in a video of 2012 , where it seems to be playing safely boiling oil. The trick, he says, is to pour some water in the bowl before adding the oil. The water then absorbs all the heat, but the oil will never boil. According to the description of the original video on YouTube Monk performing this amazing feat: – “A mixture of herbs is applied before the surface of the container to reduce the high heat, but the feat is still very dangerous and should only be done for people with great meditation capacity. When performing this test, the Buddhist monks prove their strength and determination to the people. “ Real or fake?
According to the description of the original YouTube video of the monk performing this incredible feat, “a blend of herbs is first applied to the surface of the container to reduce the high heat, but the feat is still seen around his dangerousness. By performing such a test, Buddhist monks prove their strength and determination to the people.” Fake or not, you have to agree it looks pretty believable.