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Superstitious Thai villagers in the north east are convinced that the spirit of the “Ghost Widow” is taking their menfolk.
After five mysterious and unexplained deaths of young men in their sleep they have taken action.
The effigies are stuffed with straw and have a large red tipped penis.
The villagers hope this will deter the spirit from taking any more men to her lair in the after world.
While others are taking even more unusual precautions. Women scared that they will lose their husbands and sons are dressing their men up in female nighties before bed and even putting lipstick on the men to fool the spirit.
Johnny, 53, a villager of mixed Thai and US parentage told Sanook that 5 men aged about 40-50 had died in their sleep in the area recently for no good reason.
His wife and children decided that he needed to be protected so the scarecrow was dressed in red and set up outside their house. Most other houses in the village and surrounding area have done the same.
Some of the penises to scare the ghost away are 80 centimeters long.
Johnny and Nong, 68, told the news media that since the effigies and other precautions were taken before bedtime no one else has died.