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With the recent news about Mr Sorajak Kasemsuvan, the managing director of Thai Airways announcing that his company will conduct a ceremony to appease malevolent spirits at Suvarnabhumi airport in case they were responsible for the recent Thai Airways flight skidding off the runway, and his plans to thank them for their assistance in the removal of the passengers from the ill fated flight, one has to ask themselves what kind of spirits some Thai people believe inhabit Thailand. It may surprise you to discover that there are many.
It is said that there is an abundance of sprits that inhabit Thailand, some harmful and some good.
The Phi Poang Khang is also relatively harmless. This spirit takes the shape of a black monkey that likes to hang out near salt licks in the jungle and suck the big toes of people sleeping there.
The Phi Pawb is another mischievous ghost. The spirit of somebody who had died violently the Phi Pawb likes to sit on the shoulders of their victim and make them appear to be lop sided.
The Phi Lok is a little more sinister, this roaming ghost likes to haunt several localities and enjoys scaring and misleading people, this ghost can be seen as well as felt.
The Phi Nang Ta-kaen is the ghost of a beautiful young lady who likes to haunt the Hopea tree, for this reason many Thai people do not like to keep this plant in their gardens.
The Phi Nang Tani is a female tree spirit that lives in banana trees and often appears on a full moon night. She is regarded as a good ghost known to give bananas out as food and fill the bowls of monks. For similar reasons as the Phi Nang Ta-kean Thais do not like to keep banana trees in their garden if they are haunted.
The Phi Pa is a spirit that lives in the forest. Thai hunters often leave some of their kill to show respect and appease this spirit, often choosing the lip, eyelid, foot or tongue of the animal they have killed.
The Phi Tai Ha is the spirit of a woman that has died of malaria and has the ability to spread this disease to others.
A far more sinister spirit is the Phi Pob, a devious and dangerous ghost that can infest a victim and eat their insides away while leaving the victim alive in their body. The person possessed by this spirit will often go around during the day pretending to be ill, but given the opportunity it will steal raw meat and take it away to devour at night.
The Phi Tai Tong Glom is a very nasty and evil ghost. This is the ghost of a woman who has died giving birth along with her baby. The loss of two spirits in one doubles the evil strength of this ghost who must be avoided at all costs. This ghost is a variant of the Phi Tai Hong and often referred to as the Phi Tai Hong Tong Glom.
The Phi Hai or Phi Tay Hong are spirits that inhabit places or areas where somebody had died a very unnatural of very violent death. These spirits set out to search for victims to posses and are very easily offended. Often victims of Phi Hai possession can rid themselves of the evil spirits by making them an offering or having an exorcism, however if these methods fail the only cause of action left is to use a whip to drive the sprit from the body.
The Phi Am is a ghost that sits on the liver of the chest of people while they are asleep, these ghosts not only cause discomfort but can be very dangerous.
The Phi Braed is a male or female giant ghost that has a huge sucker for a mouth, this ghost is particularly feared in Thailand as it kills parents.
The Phi Duat Leut is a ghost that sucks the blood of its victim very similar to a western vampire.
The Phi Ka is a spirit that can dwell inside a woman and can only be treated by eating raw eggs. This spirit can be passed onto to others without their knowledge and can be very violent and attack people.
Phi Kee is a spirit you must consult when waking from a bad dream and then going to the toilet. By asking the spirit to allow your excrement to go peacefully you an offset bad luck.
The Phi Khamod is a spirit that takes the form of a red star that misleads travelers.
The Phi Kra Hang is a ghost that looks like a man with the feathers and tail of a bird that flies around. It is said that this spirit eats dirt and is often seen at night with a golden aura. This is a bad and scary spirit.
The Phi Krasy is said to dwell inside the body of a witch. Witches can be identified by the glazed look they have about them in the daytime and their inability to blink, they will also never look anybody in the face. The witch, like the vampire, does not have a reflection in a mirror. This spirit can escape via the host’s mouth while they sleep and will feed on dirt and entrails. This spirit has the head a size of a tennis ball that is orange like fire, they also have a tail that can be up to half a meter long. Before the witch dies her spittle must be consumed by somebody else if the Krasy is to be passed onto a new host. This ghost is considered not be harmful unless they eat your entrails.
The Thuk Hun is the life force of a living person that has to leave the physical body to be sent out on an astral journey on a weekly basis, if it does not go out then harm will come to the host.
The Phi Phrai is the unfortunate spirit of a woman who has died during childbirth. If that was not enough of a burden their body has been used in a ceremony to extract Phi Thai Hong lotion – this lotion is said to provide the magical ability to drive men wild and attracted to the woman that administers the concoction. The lotion is obtained by a sorcerer who will extract essential oils from the corpse by putting a lighted candle under the deceased persons chin.
The Phi Peta is a hungry ghost. It is said that anyone that is more preoccupied with material attachments and exclude the spiritual will be reborn as a Peta once they die. They have a giant belly and a mouth as small as the eye of a needle with an enormous appetite for almost everything, food, money, power or sex. A Peta ghost can sometimes be heard whistling at night, looking for someone to make merit for them. This ghost is ill tempered and aggressive as they constantly remain unsatisfied.
However it is the Phi Kra-sue that is probably the most feared ghost in Thailand the Kra-sue takes the form of a beautiful woman who glides along mesmerizing their prey. Often seen in long flowing dresses to hide the fact that they have no lower body, just a mass of internal organs and intestines suspended from their head. They are malicious and very dangerous spirit. It is rumored that the Phi Kra-sue when alive ate something which, although looked delicious, was not cooked sufficiently and subsequently they were eaten away from their inside.
There are numerous Thai TV programs that acknowledge the existence of ghost and spirits. These range from soap operas to films and news programs. This short program aired on Thai TV and a discussion took place while a clip of a karaoke party was played on air. This video reportedly captured a ghost. As the party is in full swing the camera pans around to a young man who looks as if he is just another guest enjoying the party. However, the presenter reveals that this man had tragically died on the way to the party, unbeknown to the other guests, none of whom saw him a the party, his presence was only discovered when the tape was reviewed later. The clip goes on tos how the scene of the accident when he was hit by a pickup truck on the way to the party.
If this is indeed a true ghost then perhaps the man did not know he had died and continued onto the party.
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