Nature’s call stronger than religious restrictions

The desire to have sex is instinctual and to try to block it simply becomes an unnatural act. If we did not have this desire to mate, we humans would simply be extinct. Some religions try to impose this restriction often with disastrous results, just ask the Pope and the Vatican’s bookkeeper in charge of paying out court settlements if you have any doubts about that. However this story is not about Catholic priests, it is about a Buddhist monk in Pattaya Thailand. Pattaya is the one place on earth where seemingly the entire city is about sex, sex, and more sex.

Monk with bad habit is disrobed

A monk discovered naked in a hotel room performing a black magic ceremony over a woman’s genitals was reported to police by a horrified hotel worker, and promptly arrested.
Pattaya Police Station received a report at 3 a.m. on July 16 that a monk had rented a room at the Good View Resort on North Pattaya Road and was spending the night there with a woman.
Hotel staff was waiting for the police to arrive, and pointed to the VIP room without a number, saying that a monk was inside with a woman. The officers knocked on the door, but no one opened it. They then asked for the spare key from the hotel staff.
Opening the door, the officers were deeply shocked to see a naked couple, a middle-aged woman and a bald man, together in bed. A yellow robe and a bra were piled beside the bed.
The officers asked the couple to dress before questioning them. The woman was identified as Mrs Thanawan Pak-utsa, age 49, a merchant who resided at Thamuang Sub-district, in Nonthaburi Province. The man was identified as Prakong Pugingploy, age 44. In his bag was a certificate that further identified him as Buddhist Monk Prokrong Thanawaro from Pothi Sri Tha-Ngam Temple, in Kalasin. Inside his bag was also a monk’s alms-bowl, a Buddha image tray, joss sticks and candles.
Prokrong admitted that he had rented three rooms in the hotel, along with a driver, 48-year-old Somchai Khamjing. This was his second night in the hotel. He had made an appointment with two women, one of who was Mrs Thanawan, who were to stay in room number C7. This was for “Naked Long Na”, a magic ceremony to give women the power to captivate men. Only Mrs Thanawan turned up.
Prokrong advised her that she must have sex with him to rid herself of sin. Many elderly maids, widows, and his followers around Pattaya came to him for this service, he said. He had just finished Naked Long Na with Mrs Thanawan’s genitals when the police forced their way in and arrested him.
Thanawan said that she had fallen in love with a wealthy man, but that she was not able to make this man desire her. She knew from her friends that Priest Prokrong was able to work a special kind of magic. As the priest was such a humble and charming man, she agreed to have sex with him.
After questioning Prokrong the officers sent him to Chaimongkol Temple in South Pattaya to be de-frocked by the abbot. They then gave Thanawan a warning about having sex with monks, and released her.
Ed’s note: For those who might not know, it is forbidden for a woman to touch a Buddhist monk.

Then if that was not shocking enough there is this news story from up country Thailand.

Rogue monk defrocks self

NONG KHAI: As every good clergyman knows, improper sexual conduct is a quick way to get defrocked – cast out of the Buddhist clergy.

Perhaps sensing that his own defrockment was inevitable, one naughty abbot in Tha Bor District decided to beat his detractors to the punch.

At a meeting of villagers and local religious authorities to discuss allegations of sexual impropriety against him, he showed his contempt by lifting up his robe and giving the assembled a good look at the organ that had got him in trouble in the first place.

The problem stemmed from the alleged relationship between Phra Wanchai Mahapanyo, 35, abbot of Wat Khok Klang in Tambon Nakha, and a married devotee, 44-year-old Lampang Khambai.

Lampang’s husband, 43-year-old Wichai Khambai, told police that he and Lampang have been married for almost 20 years and that they have two children together.

They never had any problems in their marriage until last year, when Wichai went to work on a construction site in Bangkok, he told police.

When he came back to Nakha, friends and relatives told him that while he had been away, his wife was rarely at home and seemed to spend nearly all of her time in Phra Wanchai’s room.

At first Wichai didn’t believe what people were telling him, he said. However, late one night, Lampang asked if she could go to the temple, which made him suspicious. A couple of days later, on May 29, Lampang again asked if she could go and visit the temple in the evening.

When it became late and she was still not back, Wichai decided to take action.

He gathered up a posse of friends and relatives, who took up positions around Phra Wanchai’s room in the temple to see what was going on.

Nothing happened until dawn, when Phra Wanchai emerged from his cell. Wichai rushed up to him, demanding to know the whereabouts of his wife.

Phra Wanchai denied having seen her that night and, according to Wichai, then pushed him out of the way and punched him in the face.

Wichai’s friends rushed in to break up the scuffle, at which point Lampang strolled out of the monk’s room as if nothing at all was amiss.

As often happens in small Thai villages, news of the incident spread quickly.

Before long, the kamnan (tambon chief) of Nakha, Phemphun Meuncharoen, and the local dean, Phrakhru Praphatson Praphatsaro, rushed to the scene to invite all concerned to a meeting at the house of Lampang’s mother, Noolee Burikham.

The villagers unanimously called for Phra Wanchai to be defrocked on the spot for his behavior, at which point the abbot suddenly stood up, lifted up his robes and waggled his genitals around in the startled faces of his accusers.

Being a media-savvy village, many of those present whipped out mobile phones to get photos and videos of the scene. With the shocking incident duly recorded in digital format, Phra Wanchai fled the room and sped off in his pickup truck.

Wichai, still smarting from his confrontation with Phra Wanchai, reported the altercation at the Tha Bor Police Station, where he filed a complaint accusing the abbot of assault.

At about 2 pm that afternoon, Phra Wanchai turned himself in at the station and admitted to punching Wichai in the face. He was fined 1,000 baht and released.

Villagers also filed complaints to the local Sangha authorities, who have launched an investigation into Phra Wanchai’s conduct.

The following day, the images of Phra Wanchai appeared on the front page of the country’s top-selling newspaper, Thai Rath, the editorial staff of which chose to blur out the offending organ.

So to say that sexual misconduct is limited to the Catholic religion is wrong, it appears to be across the board. It just goes to show we are all part of nature no matter how some try to deny it.

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