Big in Thailand: Fake Kids

According to The Atlantic, “Middle-class women treat the ‘child angels’ as though they’re real, taking them to get blowouts at salons and even giving them their own seats at restaurants.”

In Bangkok plastic-baby boom is under way. Thai adults have lately been towing around lifelike dolls known as luk thep (commonly translated as “child angels”), which are believed to be inhabited by spirits that bring good fortune. There are few places the dolls don’t go: They are carried through street markets, they receive blowouts at salons, they take up seats on airplanes, they are even served restaurant meals.

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