Thai Fortuneteller uses Chess to Predict the Future!
An interesting chess story from an unlikely place? Decide for yourself after you hear this: Amunnata Lamwanna (Ajarn Nong, by her prophetic name) uses chess to predict the future! Ajarn Nong is a fortuneteller from Thailand.
After a failed marriage, giving birth to a premature child and being homeless for a while, Amunnata Lamwanna got a job in public relations, working for a famous fortuneteller who thought it would be wise of her to pursue the same career. After studying everything under the stars, she finally became a fortuneteller herself and adopted her current name, Ajarn Nong. The idea of chess prediction came to her when she saw people playing chess in the park. She soon began developing a new method of telling the future that involved the popular strategy board game.
“I invented a way of fortunetelling using a chessboard set up to show the position of the stars in Thai-style astrology, as well as cards and Feng Shui, in which each star indicates your horoscope. The method was completed in 2010, and the first person I used it on was my husband,” she explains to OddityCentral.com.
Ajarn’s now famous chess fortunetelling sessions cost from B1,000 to B1,500 ($30 to $50). Clients can also opt for a year’s subscription to her enchanted chessboard by paying about $200.