Superstitious villagers have been flocking to drink, worship and bathe in ‘magical’ MUD which has cured their ailments – after it begin oozing from a dry field.
Locals were amazed when the light brown ‘lava’ goo appeared in a cracked rice field in in Nakhon Ratchasima, northeastern Thailand, earlier this week.
They noticed it had a fine, soft texture like beauty products – and the women began rushing there to cover their arms in it, while also taking it home to mud baths.
Many residents have even bottled up the mud and diluted it with water so they can drink it.
Buddhist monks were invited to the ‘magical’ spring to bless it and villagers have been worshipping the mud at the temple where they prostrate before bottles of it to show reverence.
But despite locals claiming it has made their skin look younger and cured aching joints, village officials in the Korat region have warned them it could contain toxic chemicals which had leached into the ground from farming pesticides.
Resident Rutsamee Dipprakone, 43, defied the warnings and said that the mud was fresh and odorless with a fine texture like skin care products.
She said: ‘’I applied it on my face overnight and I could feel that my face was brighter, smoother, and softer today.
‘’I also drank it this morning and it gave a natural-feeling taste, like the fresh rain. I keep it on my skin for between ten and 20 minutes. It feels very good.”
Some locals believed that applying the ‘magic’ clay on their body could cure chronic pain within three days. They also put it on the Buddhist altar and prayed for luck.
People from neighbouring villagers also began arriving, turning the mud lava spring into an attraction.
However, the resident volunteer doctor Sittha Likitnukul in the village suggested that it was better not to consume the mud since it contained hazardous contaminants.
He said: ”It is true that clay had some minerals but drinking it in constantly could be more harmful than helpful.”
Jompol Wornork, the Nong Kung Noi district sheriff, warned them about the health consequences as told by the doctor, yet said he could not stop them.
The sheriff said: ‘’This mud madness was becoming a new tourist attraction but I am concerned about the safety of people who are obsessed with drinking and using it too much.’’