Mananya "Mama Ning" Boonmee holds "Petch," the first Look Thep doll she created in her west Bangkok home and shop.
One of Mama Ning's Look Thep creations.
A Look Thep doll Mananya "Mama Ning" Boonmee created in her west Bangkok home and shop.
One of Mama's acolytes who preferred to not give her name pictured holding her Look Thep.
“People look for happiness. They want a better life, luck and wealth,” Mama Ning said. “Their happiness is their interaction with their dolls.”
One of Mama Ning's customers/devotees poses with two of her Look Thep.
“Look Thep is a doll who is alive.” Mama Ning explained. “I created a soul to live in the doll, and owners can raise them as their own children, taking them out in public, just like a normal kid.”
Today many Look Thep ahve been adopted by celebrities and earnest individuals who believe these factory-manufactured dolls will bring them blessings and wealth.
Chutipat Siripoh, one of Mama's acolytes said her Look Thep or “Child God,” had changed her life.
"Petch," the first Look Thep doll created by Mama Ning.