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Thai Buddhist Group Makes Steve Jobs a ‘Celestial Warrior-Philosopher’

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Apple’s founder may have passed on, but his spirit is still with us, according to a group of Buddhists in Thailand.

The Dhammakaya Temple announced on television that the late Steve Jobs has become a “celestial warrior-philosopher” in his next life, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The news was sparked by a software engineer who emailed the Temple asking if they knew what happened to Jobs following his death. Phra Chaibul Dhammajayo, the abbot of the Temple, claimed that Jobs’ spirit has been reincarnated. He says that he is now “a divine being with a special knowledge and appreciation for science and the arts.” Really.

He also said that Jobs now lives in a giant glass palace that resembles an Apple Store in the skies above his old Apple offices in Cupertino, California. Jobs also has 20 servants under him who are dressed like his stores’ signature “Geniuses.”

The news sparked a wave of support, especially in Malaysia where some Jobs’ fans honored his memory by taking a bite from an apple and flinging it into the sea. They did this in the hopes they could speed up his reincarnation.

The abbot has also received a great deal of criticism for his announcement. Some claim that this is a publicity stunt to shore up financial support for the Temple. And also that he’s, like, totally down on Android.

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