“Haunted” village in Thailand
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Thai culture is ingrained with the belief in spirits and all things supernatural, and has been so for a long time. This might also explain why our horror movies have been impressing fans from all over the world.
This week, reports were made of Thai locals coming together to hang red T-shirts in front of their houses in attempts to repel a spirit they claimed was haunting the villagers. This took place in a local community in Tha Luang Sub-district in Nakhon Ratchasima, where 13 people were found dead within a span of just 3 months.
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Believed the spirit was a widow
What makes things weirder is that most of the deceased were men. This caused locals to blame their deaths on a widowed ghost, whom they claimed were taking their souls.
Family members of the men shared that prior to their deaths, all of them were in the pink of health with no signs indicating any problems.
In Thai folklore, a widowed ghost is believed to be a bad spirit that used to commit acts of adultery while still alive. After death, these souls become malevolent spirits that claim the lives of older men.
She does so by tricking them as a beautiful and charming woman, when she really just wants them as company in the afterlife. Yikes!
Hung red shirts outside their houses
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Translation: “This house has no men. There’s only a cat and a rat:”
Because of their strong beliefs, the villagers have taken supernatural precautions to scare their ghostly menace away. Almost every house in the neighbourhood started to hang red T-shirts outside their houses in attempts to scare the ghost – some even wrote the message “บ้านนี้ไม่มีผู้ชาย” on it, which means that there are no men in the house.
Thais consider a red colour as a colour for women, so hanging only red clothes means that there are only women at home. This way, the ghost will ignore those houses and move along.
However in reality, most deaths go without having official autopsies done, which is common in more rural communities in the country. This might explain the “mysterious circumstances” of the villagers’ deaths.
Doctors suggest Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome
Because of the lack of check-ups being done, it has become a point of discussion in the medical community in the recent years.
Doctors said that the cause of death could be “Lai Tai”, or Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome (SUND). This can happen due to breathing disorders (Brugada syndrome) that heighten during sleep and is more common in South East Asia due to the hot climate, which can make us more sensitive.
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It’s also advised that precautions can be taken against SUND by reducing behaviours like alcohol consumption, taking drugs, and not consuming enough water.
So while hanging red shirts outside your home might scare the spirits away, always remember to keep yourself healthy to prevent situations like this!
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