While the discovery of 11 corpses at a cult camp was shocking enough, authorities in Thailand were floored to learn what may have caused the deaths: Members of the cult regularly drink the urine and eat the excrement of their 75-year-old leader.
Cult leader Thawee Nanra has told his followers that consuming his bodily excrements -- which, in addition to his urine and fecal matter, includes his saliva, mucus, flaking skin and dandruff -- will cure them of all diseases, authorities say. Members even eat his discarded cigar butts, according to investigators.
Thawee is now facing charges of violating the public health law and disease control act, as well as encroaching on forest land, Thai prosecutors say.
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