A YouTube video of a monk in Thailand praying calmly in a pot of boiling oil has recently been making the rounds online, leaving shocked viewers wondering how the monk did it without writhing in pains.
The monk, from Thailand’s Nong Bua Lamphu province, according to Bangkok Post, looks at ease despite sitting in a vessel of oil with fire raging underneath. He is also seen sharing his magical powers with others by touching objects that they pass to him. His followers believe that his touch can make their amulets or pieces of fabric powerful. These objects are apparently sold to the locals and other places of worship.
But not everyone believes the act was real. A science instructor, Jessada Denduangboripant of Chulalongkorn University, said there was no proof that the oil was really boiling at the time.
“The only way to prove it is to measure the temperature of the oil he’s sitting in,” she wrote. “The oil doesn’t look like its boiling and the pan just looks strange. The pan might have two layers to insulate the heat,” he said.
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 as dangerous. By performing such a test, Buddhist monks prove their strength and determination to the people.