NAKHON SRI THAMMARAT: A coconut collector in Nop Phitam District was killed after his favorite monkey dropped a coconut onto his head on February 25.
Leurit Chanchum, 48, from Village 4 Tambon Krung Ching, was hired by a neighbor to collect coconuts using his trained macaque.
When the monkey was up the tree, it threw down some coconuts to its owner. One of the heavy nuts hit Mr Leurit square on the head, knocking him unconscious.
A neighbor took him to Tha Sala Hospital, but he never regained consciousness and later died from his injury.
Mr Leurit’s brother-in-law, 54-year-old Charoon Kaowmee, said the monkey that threw the lethal coconut is a male named Nong Khwan. Mr Leurit and his younger brother bought the monkey in Koh Samui for 6,500 baht.
Nong Khwan, a graduate in coconut collecting from the highly esteemed Monkey College (Withayalai Ling) in Surat Thani, is very clever and an expert at collecting coconuts and fruit. He only allowed Mr Leurit and his brother to come near him, Mr Charoon explained.
“Mr Leurit took the monkey coconut collecting every day. He could collect as many as 300 a day and was paid two baht per nut from the tree owners. Before the incident, Mr Leurit took Nong Khwan to a house in tambon Krung Ching Village 2 to collect coconuts.
“The monkey dutifully ascended the first tree and got all the coconuts without any problem, but after coming back down he refused to go up the next tree. Mr Leurit had to severely beat the primate before it would go up the tree. When it did finally climb the tree, it was clearly in a foul temper. Instead of twisting or biting off the coconuts one by one, he began to kick then off all at once – until one fell on Mr Leurit’s head,” Mr Charoon said.
After the incident, no one dared go near the monkey. Mr Leurit’s brother eventually came to take him home, he added.
However, another report said that following the incident the monkey appeared sorrowful and refused to leave the side of his owner until he was taken to hospital.
Mr Charoon said that despite the incident the family intends to keep Nong Kwan.
A local monkey expert, who asked that his name not to be published, said that monkeys who have graduated from Surat Thani’s Monkey College are very clever, with special abilities that include understanding human speech.
However, the highly educated monkeys also tend to be more sensitive than regular monkeys and are quick to anger if people speak to them in a harsh tone or use rude words.
No charges will be brought against Nong Khwan relating to the incident.
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Not often we get to write this headline… “JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala”.
The jetski was being towed by a Saleng (motorcycle and side-car) through the streets of Kamala this afternoon when, for reasons we don’t yet (probably brake failure), the whole shebang went AWOL and ended up running into the front window of some tourist shops.
The jetskis are a common sight going through the backroads of the various west-coast shopping areas at the start and end of each day, on their way to the beach to hire to tourists, usually in a convoy with the jetski staff riding shotgun on top.
This time it was a lone JetSki, being towed by a saleng, that somehow veered off the street and into the roadside Kamala shops.
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China has the most atheists. Indonesia and Philippines the most believers.
China is the least believing country in the world but belief in a God gets 100 per cent mention in countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh and Philippines, according to the survey by Gallup International.
According to the survey exploring religious tendencies of 66,000 people in 68 countries across the world, 62 per cent of people in the world define themselves as religious, 74% of people globally believe we have a ‘soul’ and 71% believe in a God. Another 56% believe in heaven, 54% in life after death and 49% in hell.
China has the highest percentage of atheists in the world with 67% not believing in any religion. Every seven out ten people are atheists, more than double than any other country. 23% consider themselves as non-religious. Less than 10% identify themselves as religious in China.
China’s atheist percentage is followed by Japan, a long way behind in second place at 29%, Slovenia (28%) and Chech Republic (25%). Despite rapid industrialisation and urbanisation religion has stayed relevant in the South Korean region with only 23% identifying as atheist.
European countries like Belgium (21 %), France (21%) , Sweden (18%) and Iceland (17%) also have a large percentage of believing population.
Bangladesh, Indonesia and Philippines are the most believing countries with entire population claiming to believe in God, soul, hell and heaven. Thailand and Pakistan have 99% believing population, followed by India, Vietnam and Mongolia.
The survey shows that the levels of religiosity diminish as income and education levels increase. While 66% of people with low income affirm to be religious, this percentage drops to 50% among people with higher incomes. The same trend is verified in relation to education levels: 83% of people with lower education level are religious against 49% of higher level.
According to the survey there is a connection between religiosity, beliefs and socio-demographic characteristics like age, income and education level. As education and income levels grow higher, religiosity levels tend to go down. Also, the expression of different beliefs is higher among young people.
The level of education has a considerable influence on the perception of religion by the society. Women and young children show higher percentage for spiritual forces.
SOURCE: Data Leads
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