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Child Angel dolls: Cute or scary? Religious or ridiculous? ( 16 photo)

The new superstitious trend among Thai people involves carrying, talking to and caring for factory-manufactured dolls (called 'Look Thep' in Thai). They believe the dolls hold children's spirits which bring good luck, wealth, blessing and protection from harm. Owners of Child Angel dolls worship and treat them as human infants by cradling, feeding and dressing them up.

25 Jan 2016
The picture shows a Child Angel doll painted with holy gold sheets in its eyes and mouth. They were applied by Buddhist monks during a ritual in Bangkok.

The picture shows a Child Angel doll painted with holy gold sheets in its eyes and mouth. They were applied by Buddhist monks during a ritual in Bangkok.

Thai devotee Ratchada Mahanavanont, 45, kisses her Child Angel doll at her house in Bangkok.

Thai devotee Ratchada Mahanavanont, 45, kisses her Child Angel doll at her house in Bangkok.

Ms Ratchada has a meal with her Child Angel dolls at her house.

Ms Ratchada has a meal with her Child Angel dolls at her house.

Child Angel dolls are being offered food and drinks by their owner.

Child Angel dolls are being offered food and drinks by their owner.

Child Angel dolls are being offered food and drinks by their owner.

Child Angel dolls are being offered food and drinks by their owner.

A magical incantation tattoo made by Buddhist monks is seen on the back of a Child Angel doll as the owner dresses it up at her house.

A magical incantation tattoo made by Buddhist monks is seen on the back of a Child Angel doll as the owner dresses it up at her house.

The owner puts make up on one of her Child Angel dolls.

The owner puts make up on one of her Child Angel dolls.

The 45- year-old woman talks to her Child Angel dolls.

The 45- year-old woman talks to her Child Angel dolls.

Ms Ratchada holds two of her Child Angel dolls and a smartphone as she shops at a market in Bangkok.

Ms Ratchada holds two of her Child Angel dolls and a smartphone as she shops at a market in Bangkok.

Ms Ratchada holds two of her Child Angel dolls and a smartphone as she shops at a market in Bangkok.

Ms Ratchada holds two of her Child Angel dolls and a smartphone as she shops at a market in Bangkok.

Ms Ratchada talks to her friends Nipaporn Pornchaipimolpunt (left) and Nita Kangvanchaivanich (right), as they get together with their Child Angel dolls at the market.

Ms Ratchada talks to her friends Nipaporn Pornchaipimolpunt (left) and Nita Kangvanchaivanich (right), as they get together with their Child Angel dolls at the market.

Ms Ratchada continues to show her affection for her Child Angel dolls.

Ms Ratchada continues to show her affection for her Child Angel dolls.

Time to go to bed: The owner cradles one of her dolls as she sends them to 'sleep'.

Time to go to bed: The owner cradles one of her dolls as she sends them to 'sleep'.

A seller attaches fake eyelashes to a Child Angel doll in Bangkok. - Taweechai Tawatpakorn

A seller attaches fake eyelashes to a Child Angel doll in Bangkok. - Taweechai Tawatpakorn

A seller happily combs a Child Angel doll's hair. - Taweechai Tawatpakorn

A seller happily combs a Child Angel doll's hair. - Taweechai Tawatpakorn

A Child Angel doll points over its owner's shoulder at a market in Bangkok. - Taweechai Tawatpakorn

A Child Angel doll points over its owner's shoulder at a market in Bangkok. - Taweechai Tawatpakorn