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give up meat to cleanse the spirit so that my family will prosper, said Ploy Sudham, who owns an art gallery on the outskirts of Bangkok Canada Goose online Chinatown.

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Eating meat, having sex, drinking alcohol and other habits thought to be vices and pollutants of the body and mind are cut out entirely by the truly devoted, who also wear only white. The belief is that nine gods come down from heaven to inspect the earth and record the good and bad deeds people commit.

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