The Chuchok Shrine in Suburban Bangkok
14 images Created 4 Mar 2013
The Chuchok Shrine is in suburban Bangkok. More than 100 people a week come to the shrine to pray for good fortune or good health. People whose prayers are answered return to the shrine with "coyote dancers" to make merit and thank Chuchok. Coyote dancing is a Thai phenomenon created after the US movie "Coyote Ugly" where attractive young women dance in a sexually suggestive way, usually for pay. Coyote dancing is common at bars and festivals, not so common in temples or shrines. Coyote dancers perform at the Chuchok shrine because according to Buddhist literature Chuchok was an old hermit and Brahmin priest who was cared for by a young woman after he made her family's wishes come true.