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Thais flock to worship ‘sacred iron wood’ trees before lottery draws

As the first of March is coming up, Thairath Online has compiled a list of what many Thais believe to be “sacred takhien” or iron wood trees haunted by female ghosts.
Thairath said the believers hope the ghosts residing in the trees would help them find winning lottery numbers that they will bet on.
These believers place their hope on the trees two times a month – before the first and sixteenth days of the month when the lotteries are drawn.
Thairath has listed eight takhien trees or objects made of the trees that many Thais worship and believe they could find the winning numbers on the wood. The believers normally put powder on their hands and rub the wood to look for numbers.
The first one on the list is a boat made of takhien tree at the Amphawan Temple in Ubon Ratchathani’s district.
The second one is a log of takhine tree at the Sangkharachawas Temple in Sing Buri’s Muang district. The people believe this log is haunted by two sister ghosts.
A large takhien tree that has fallen down in Samut Sakhon’s Muang distric was the third one on the list.
The fourth one is a boat made of takhien tree at Bandaichang Temple in Tambon Huawieng in Ayutthaya’s Sena district.
The fifth one is a takhien tree inside the Thamdua Temple inKamphaeng Phet’s Muang district.
An ancient boat retrieved from a canal, which is being kept at the Thalard Temple in Ubon Ratchathani’s Don Moddaeng district, is the sixth one on the list.
The seventh one is a boat made of takhien wood that has been recently unearthed from a shore of Yung River in Roi Et’s Phonthong district.
Finally, a large takhien log at Takhien Ngarm Temple in Rayong’s Klaeng district is the eighth one on the list.
Thairath said please use your own judgment to believe it or not.
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