A Buddhist monk chopped off his own head with a guillotine in a bizarre ritual sacrifice for 'good luck'
Thammakorn Wangpreecha, 68, had reportedly been planning his suicide in northeastern Thailand for more than five years.
The monk's dead body was found beside his severed head at the Wat Phu Hin temple in Nong Bua Lamphu province on April 15.
Thammakorn left behind a note explaining he believed the fatal offering to Buddha was 'making merit' and would bring him good luck in the afterlife.
His nephew Booncherd Boonrod was the first to discover the body on an inscribed slab of marble detailing Thammakorn's plans.
Booncherd said: "In the letter, it was stated that chopping his head off was his way of praising Buddha. In the letter, he said that he had been planning this for five years now.
"His wish was to offer his head and his soul so that the Lord could help him reincarnate as a higher spiritual being in the next life."
The monk allegedly used a makeshift guillotine next to a Buddhist God statue so that the religious figure would appear to be holding his head after it had been cut off.....
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