In Suphonburi, Thailand (about one hundred miles northwest of Bangkok), a
religious furor has exploded around Ming Su Hahn's Chinese-Style restaurant
over what appears to be the image of Buddha in a head of cabbage. The small
town, located on the Khum Suphon river boasts a large number of followers of
Buddhism, and at least twenty altars where believers can stop on their way to
work and say a quick prayer and burn some incense.
Be At One With The Cabbage: Ming's Divine Veggie
Ming, 36, who runs the Chinese restaurant with her Malaysian husband Ong, 42,
was checking a small shipment of vegetables when something caught her eye.
She pulled a few leaves of the cabbage apart, and a pattern of discoloration
seemed to form the shape of Buddha, with arms extended upward.
"He looks happy, like he's smiling," said Ming.
Rather than risk being overrun with followers and media, Ming took the
vegetable to a local monastery and presented it to the monks. "They were
very appreciative, and believed it without a moments hesitation," says Ming.
Followers then began trekking to the monastery, giving the monks money and
food, receiving blessings by touching the "sacred cabbage."
One man, Su-Sip Buck, claimed to have had his vision improved vastly by his
contact with the cabbage. Another man claims that it helped his ailing pet
cat eat once more.
As for Ming Su Hahn, she's noticed no changes in herself or her business.
"If I helped these people, then I am grateful," she says.
"Divine Vegetation," Esoterica magazine, April 1998, Volume 15 issue 143.
Photo courtesy of Ong Su Hahn and Esoterica magazine