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Villagers in Chayaphum in Thailand’s north-east are convinced malevolent ghosts are at work after the death of four cows and other animals in their area.
The death of a six month pregnant cow in Sok Pla Duk sub-district was the final straw. The locals are sure that “phee pop” and “phee graseu” are to blame, reported Sanook.
To add to the weight of evidence the villagers said that many other animals were dying over the last few months – and often on the eve of Buddhist holy days (Wan Phra).
Now they are preparing for ceremonies to banish the evil spirits from the area before they strike again.
This usually involves hiring a specially trained “ghostbuster” who orders the spirits to show themselves. Then sticks are used to chase the spirits into an earthenware jar for capture and removal.
However, local vets are not so sure about the ghost theory.
They think that the death of the cows is due to disease. They have taken samples away in an effort to convince the villagers that pathogens rather than “phee” might be to blame.