A video of a Buddhist monk praying calmly in a vat of boiling oil has been making rounds online.

The 32-secs-clip shows a monk reportedly from Nong Bua Lamphu, sitting quietly in a large vessel filled with boiling oil over an open flame while praying. Many where amazed, wondering how the monk did it. As of writing the video already garnered more than a million views on YouTube.

The monk looks at ease despite sitting in an oil-filled-vessel with a fire raging underneath.


It is said that he did the amazing religious rite to prove his strength and determination to the people.


His supporters believe through his touch he can share his power. Apparently, those objects he handled together with bottles of oils and relics used in the ceremony are being sold to the locals and other places of worship.

Unfortunately, skeptics think it is only an illusion – given the fact that a blend of special herbs was first applied to the surface of the container to reduce the heat.

monk meditating in oil

A science instructor from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand tried to debunk the said act. According to Jessada Denduangboripant there is no proof that the oil is truly boiling.

“The only way to prove it is to measure the temperature of the oil he’s sitting in,” he said.

“The oil doesn’t look like it’s boiling, and the pan just looks strange. The pan might have two layers to insulate the heat.” he added.

Denduangboripant also claims there are several ways to create this kind of trick, just like what he did in a 2012 video where he appears to be safely touching a boiling oil. The trick, he says, is to pour in some water in the bowl before adding the oil. The water will then absorb all the heat, but the oil never will never boil.

The question now is, the oil will not boil but the water will, how in the world did the monk elude the pain of the boiling water as he will surely touch the bottom of the vessel? Well, some tricks are really hard to explain.

Whether it’s real or not, it sure does leave many in awe. Admit it, it’s pretty impressive, knowing there’s a real danger in what he is doing.

Via: Oddity Central