Bangkok Dining at the Joe Louis Puppet Theater

Top Bangkok Dining experience at the Joe Louis The Art of Thai Cuisine and Thai Puppet Theater

Author: Pen Drageon. 

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While Bangkok, fondly known as the “Big Mango” offers an eclectic selection of dining venues and experiences, few or any can truly rival the unique and original concept of the renown Joe Louis Puppet Theater and Restaurant which is located at Asiatique the Riverfront. This restaurant not only offers an authentic array of traditional Thai cuisine for the taste buds but also a unique display for one of the treasured lost art of puppetry in Thailand.

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Conveniently located at the front entrance of Asiatique the Riverfront, it is hard to miss with its contemporary design style and a blend between a casual and fine dining ambiance. There are various puppets on display at the counter to give a hint of what is to come as part of your dining experience. The upper level of the restaurant is making way for a new puppet theater for those who only want to watch the show but at the moment any full length performance is only available by special invitation at private performances.

The Joe Louis Puppet Theater and Restaurant started out as atraditional Thai puppet outfit that was passed from several generations back. It is now considered one of the national treasures of Thailand and under the patronage of HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand to revive this ancient traditional art form. This puppet troupe has won numerous international awards and accolades forbest puppetry performances and is recognized as a master craft in Thailand. Major performances are only available for private functions but you can get a glimpse of these puppets during a dinner performance at their restaurant. Each puppet requires at least 3 performers to manipulate the intricate movements of the puppet.

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The restaurant serves a good selection of traditional Thai cuisinebased on olden recipes with the freshest ingredients. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the ingredients and cooking. Recommended dishes are the mixed Thai appetizers which comes in 4 sampling varieties per order and consists of the traditional Thai spring roll, a light pastry basket with meat fillings and a special chili sauce, deep fried minced shrimp on a slice of toast and Thai spicy fish cakes. Other signature dishes from the menu are spicy wing bean salad, and off course their varieties of authentic old-style curries which puts a zing to your taste buds with all the aromatic spices and herbs used in the cooking.

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The puppet performance at Joe Louis restaurant starts around 7.00 pm on Fridays to Sundays only. You will be entertained to a short introduction of the puppetry arts and a performance by the lovable character of Hanuman the monkey god in tales of the Ramayanatogether with another character, the Princess Sita. This is the only time you will be able to watch just such a marvelous display ofancient Thai puppetry and be able to interact with the puppets as they seemingly come to live at the hands of the skilled puppeteers. Joe Louis the Art of Thai Cuisine and Thai Puppet Theater is one of the top 10 things to do in Bangkok whenever you visit the Big Mango.

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Thailand Over 800,000 people leave Bangkok

Thailand Over 800,000 people leave Bangkok by buses in five days

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Thailand Over 800,000 people leave Bangkok

Thailand Over 800,000 people leave Bangkok

BANGKOK: — The Transport Company said it has transported more than 800,000 passengers out of the capital on buses during the past five days of the Songkran holidays.

It said from April 8-12, unofficial figures of passengers leaving for home provinces by public buses stood at over 800,000.

The largest number of passengers leaving on buses were over 200,000 yesterday.

People still coming at its Morchit 2 bus terminal to board buses home today, but not as much as previous days.

Last night more than 200,000 passengers streamed out of the capital by buses, excluding those by private vehicles.

The human exodus caused worst traffic jams at the main ringroads, particularly the Eastern ringroad where vehicles passing the Thanyaburi toll gate queuing up as long as 17 kilometres.

Traffic flow was grounded to snail trail as motorists complaining that they spent up to three hours before they could drive pass the Thanyaburi toll gate from Thap Charng toll gate that covers a distance of 20 kilometres.

Meanwhile traffic on Phaholyothin and Mitraparb highways also was the same as at the Eastern ringroad where the speed was reported to be less than 10 kilometres an hour.

A driver complained with JS Radio that he left Pathumthani at 8 pm last night taking the Paholyothin Highway to Saraburi, but by 7 am today he was still at Bypass Saraburi.

All motorists complained they spent up to 10 hours just to drive pass Saraburi from Bangkok.

However traffic late today has improved slightly as Highway police said vehicles leaving the capital has slowed down, and no more congestion was reported at the Eastern ringroad’s tollgate.

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Khao Chong Krachok – Prachuap Khiri Khan

Khao Chong Krachok – Prachuap Khiri Khan. Thailand

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Prachuap Khiri Khan (Thai: ประจวบคีรีขันธ์, pronounced [pràʔ.tɕuàp.kʰīː.rīː.kʰǎn] pronunciation) is one of the central provinces(changwat) of Thailand located in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula, some 240 km (150 mi) south of Bangkok. Neighboring provinces are Phetchaburi in the north and Chumphon in the south. To the west it borders Tanintharyi Division of Myanmar.

Geography

Prachuap Khiri Khan covers an area of 6,367.62 square kilometres (2,458.55 sq mi). The district is located on the Kra Isthmus, the narrow land bridge connecting the Malay Peninsula with mainland Asia. The province contains the narrowest part of Thailand – directly south of the capital, it is just 11 km (6.8 mi) from the coast of the Gulf of Thailand to the border with Myanmar in the Tenasserim Hills. The narrowest point of the isthmus, however, is further south in Chumphon Province. Geographically, Prachuap Khiri Khan is a moderate plain area with altitude varying from sea level to 1,200 m (3,900 ft) above sea level. The maximum altitude can be reached in the north eastern and central west regions, which makes up approximately 30% of the area.

The Kuha Karuhas Pavilion, inside the Phraya Nakhon cave, in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park.

The long coast of the Gulf of Thailand has many sandy beaches, the most famous one being at Hua Hin, which has been a popular resort since King Prajadhipok(Rama VII) built a summer palace there. From the coast the land quickly rises into the Tanaosi Range, the mountain chain that forms the border with Myanmar, the highest elevation in the province being the 1494-metre-high Khao Luang. Due to this narrow watershed the rivers in the province are all small; the only bigger one is the Pran Buri River in the north of the province. Among the smaller rivers is theKhlong Kui.[1]

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park was established in 1966 to protect Thailand’s largest freshwater marshes. The park contains some mangrove woods and mudflats. Most of the marshes were converted into shrimp farms, despite being in a national park.

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All Malaysian Hotels to be Smoke-Free by the end of the year

All Malaysian Hotels to be Smoke-Free by the end of the year

Original article from The Nation Thailand 16th March 2016

All hotels will be gazetted as smoke-free areas by the end of the year while other public places will gradually ban smoking under a mammoth plan to get 130,000 people to kick the habit annually.

All hotels to be Smoke-Free by end of year

All hotels to be Smoke-Free by end of year

AMBITIOUS PLAN TO GRADUALLY BAN SMOKING IN PUBLIC

This comes under the National Strategic Plan for Tobacco Control, a brainchild of several ministries, health institutes, universities, nongovernmental organisations and the Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control. It will introduce a Tobacco Control and Smoking Bill that, among others, will gazette more no-smoking zones. ALL HOTELS will be gazetted as smoke-free areas by the end of the year while other public places will gradually ban smoking under a mammoth plan to get 130,000 people to kick the habit annually.

This comes under the National Strategic Plan for Tobacco Control, a brainchild of several ministries, health institutes, universities, non-governmental organisations and the Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control.

It will introduce a Tobacco Control and Smoking Bill that, among others, will gazette more no-smoking zones.

“We aim to reduce the prevalence of tobacco smoking by 30 per cent by 2025,” Health Minister Datuk Seri S Subramaniam said in a foreword of the document on the National Strategic Plan for Tobacco Control.

Malaysia’s first Global Adult Tobacco Survey, released in 2012, found that among those who have smoked on a daily basis, only 9.5 per cent have managed to quit.

As a signatory of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Subramaniam said Malaysia was obliged to implement more measures to check tobacco consumption.

Thus, all hotels will be gazetted as smoke-free areas by year’s end, followed by public and recreational parks next year, non-air-conditioned restaurants (2018), all enclosed public areas (2019) and open public areas (2020).

Gradually, all public events, including those held at open stadiums, wet and night markets, factories, public beaches, official processions, shops, work places, hotels, night clubs and various other entertainment outlets must be free of tobacco smoke.

Also in the pipeline are plans to substantially increase the excise duty on tobacco products.

Enforcement of rules banning the sale of contraband cigarettes will be stepped up to ensure smokers do not have access to cheaper products.

Indirect advertising or promotions of tobacco products at sales counters will be prohibited.

The National Strategic Plan for Tobacco Control noted that the need to implement additional measures became more pressing as an estimated 4.7 million Malaysians aged above 15 were indulging in the habit, with the highest number of smokers (nearly 30 per cent) coming from the 25-44 age group.

“Even more worrying is the fact that more young people, especially girls, are picking up the habit,” the document stated.

Under the next phase of the plan in later years, the authorities will seek to ban smoking in cars carrying children, markets, workplaces and beaches, among other places.

The Health Ministry, through collaborations with other ministries, will soon kick off the “I’M FREE” programmes at preschools and primary schools to educate youngsters about the hazards of smoking.

It will also draw up ways to ensure children born after 2009 do not pick up the habit.

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Lek Lai Kayasiddhi the mysterious sacred element becoming a Cult Phenomenom

Lek Lai Kayasiddhi the mysterious and sacred element becoming a Cult Phenomenom

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About Lek Lai

Lek Lai Kayasiddhi– is a Mysterious Sacred substance which is the subject of Legendary Tales of Miracle Powers which has become a Cult Phenomenon in recent years, due to the ease of access to information enabled by modern Media such as the internet, as well as being due to increased International trading and a massive increase in Thai Buddha Magic.

Lek Lai used to be presented in only a few forms, shapes and sizes. Now however, there are literally hundreds of different looking substances which those who market them consider to be Lek Lai, or Lek Lai derivatives. Lek Lai has been used as an ingredient for mixing into amulets for centuries, as well as being used as a magical element in its own right.

Although this amazing substance is known about and exists an many different World Cultures and different countries, Lek Lai Kayasiddhi has come to be known very much as a Phenomenon coming from Thailand.

This is not without good reason, for it is Thailand and Thailand alone that there are still to be found a great number of Master Kroo Ba Ajarn, who are Adept in sensing the presence of Lek Lai. They are also Experts in the art of transforming Lek Lai into various forms of amulet, and even insertion of Lek Lai under the skin of Devotees.

For this reason, it is no surprise that Thailand is the number one source of authentic wisdom of the Wicha of the creation of Lek Lai Taat Gaayasit. This is pure Elemental Magic and Alchemy.

What is real Lek Lai like?

1. Lek Lai has an oily shiny surface and reflects the light.
2. It displays many tones and color variations, and is astonishingly beautiful.
3. It looks transparent when immersed in water.
4. There is the Mind of a Ruesi of Great Power within it.
5. If the Ruesi leaves the Lek Lai, it becomes dark black-blue and opaque.
6. If the Spirit of the Ruesi is not present in the Lek Lai, it will not turn transparent and glassy when immersed in water.

There are 7 Major colors of Lek Lai;

  1. See Khiaw Bpeek Malaeng Tap (black-blue)

  2. See Nam Dtaan Orn (light brown)

  3. See Bplueak Mangkut (magenta)

  4. See Ngern Yuong

  5. See Tong (gold)

  6. See Nam Nom (Nam Nom Phaen Din – creamy white)

  7. See Phasom (4 major colors mixture)

The Qualities of Lek Lai

  • It resides within the walls of caves that are cool and damp, with no bats living in there.

  • It can remain in a static form.

  • It can slither and move like a snake.

  • It can appear from nowhere.

  • It can disappear.

  • It can stretch itself

  • It can condense itself

  • It can block any energy fields, waves or frequency channels.

  • Guns will not fire in the presence of Lek Lai.

  • It can make hot water become cold in an instant.

  • It consumes the phosphorous of bullets and gun shells.

  • It can emit a Fragrant Aroma.

  • It can heal illnesses or injuries if laid on the place that is affected.

  • It is Magnetic.

  • It can become lighter or heavier.

  • It can be thrown and will fly back like a boomerang

  • The Lersi place it under the tongue to meditate and achieve Levitational Powers.

Lek Lai Kayasiddhi is a metallic element with a life of its own. It is also Karmic effect of Spirits which have been driven by the winds of karma to be reborn in Samsara in the form of metallic elemental substances, and is subject to having to eat (honey) and excrete (Khee Lek Lai) residue.

The Lek Lai is considered a living being of the Deva classification (Angelic Deity). A Deva that has been driven to be born on Earth. There are both ‘Kon Tan’ and Yaksa type Devas found inhabiting Lek Lai, which gives each different Lek Lai its own special powers and properties which differ with each inhabiting Deva.

Lek Lai Kayasiddhi is something which will protect who carries it from guns or sharp objects (such as knife or sword), and all other harmful weapons. Some people believe that Lek Lai is indestructible and immortal (Adamantine).

We should comment on this belief, that the Lord Buddha already expounded the Dhamma to be based on the three Truths of Impermanence, Dhukkha and Non-Self. All material things are subject to change, and eventual dissolution. It seems unreasonable to believe that Lek Lai should be any different from all other worldly Dhammas.

Matter can not be destroyed, but it is constantly changing its form. If the changing of form is not considered to affect the immortality of an object, then we could also say that the human body is immortal, simply that it has changed form into, slime for example. All things with a beginning have an end, even this planet and solar system will one day end, and then at the latest, the Lek Lai Kayasiddhi will also end. This is the way things should be, for development is reliant on change, and liberation is reliant on the destruction of ones limits (the body).

Lek Lai Kayasiddhi amulets

Lek Lai Kayasiddhi amulets

Methods of Extraction of Lek Lai Kaya Siddhi Elemental Relics

Dtat Yen (cold cutting)

If the cutting is performed Ceremonially in a Cave, and the Lek Lai is cut in the ‘Rang Lek Lai’ (nest) where it has gathered and formed, then it will be cit using the additional method of ‘Peng Kasin Fai’ (fire staring Kasina). This is the cold method, which is applied using one single candle (one Baht in weight), to melt the Lek Lai.

This cold method can only be successful if the person performing the ritual is an Adept of Fire Kasina and has strong psychic powers. Only such a person will be able to use the weak candle flam and amplify it with his Fire Kasina mental projection, in order to coax the Lek Lai out of its nest and to fall down into the alms bowl with wild forest honey inside. If this cold method is used to cut Lek Lai in a large nest where it has gathered in the cave, then it will be possible to obtain a large number of Lek Lai Kayasiddhi beads, as many as a hundred or more. If a smaller nest than the amount gathered will be relative to the size of the nest.

Cold cut Lek Lai will always have the same appearance of small rounded beads, similar to that of a pearl. This kind of Lek Lai is considered to be first class, because it is ‘Lek Lai Nam Neung’, which does not solidify in its natural abode. Only with Wicha Akom can it be shaped into solid form. In addition, Lek Lai that has been cut using the cold method has also received the magical incantations and psychic empowerment of the Adept. ‘Rae Lek Lai Dtat Yen’ is thus the top class of Lek Lai to be found in the World today.

Dtat Rorn

Because it is almost impossible to find Lek Lai in the Natural world, few people can get their hands on it to cut, and the best chance most people get is to remove the ‘Rang Lek Lai’ (nest) that has already been found and extracted by a Kroo Ba Ajarn, and take it out of the cave to extract any remaining residues of Lek Lai from the stone nest. Once taken out from its natural habitat (the cave), then it can only be cut using the hot flame method.

In order to heat the Rang Lek Lai, it is necessary to use extremely hot flame in order to make the Lek Lai dribble out of the stone nest where it is embedded. The person who uses the flame to coax the Lek Lai out of the nest, must possess the Wicha of cutting Lek Lai to successfully convince the Lek Lai to emerge and rip down into the receptacle. If this is not performed with Mastery of the Wicha, then the Lek Lai will not emerge, and the stone nest will explode into pieces. It has often happened that inexperienced people have been injured trying to extract ‘Rae Lek Lai’ from a stone because of their lack of Wicha, and a flame that is too weak. When Rang Lek Lai taken from a cave is heated with an extremely high temperature, and the correct Kata Akom Incantation for the cutting of Lek Lai is chanted, then the stone will not explode, and the Lek Lai that is hidden within the stone nest will begin to seep out slowly.

Because the Lek Lai which falls from the stone nest is still extremely hot, it can burn through thin metal, so a thick steel tray must be used as a receptacle for the Lek Lai to fall into, to avoid it burning straight through the surface.
Lek Lai that has been extracted by the ‘Dtat Rorn’ hot flame method, does not have a round pearl shape to it like Lek Lai that has been enchanted into manifesting with cold flame by a Master within the cave itself. This is because the Lek Lai which is hot and molten that drops from the stone nest into the steel tray, becomes flat on the side that falls to the surface of the tray. They are rounded on one side and smooth as a glass bead, and flat on the other side.
The scratches or surface aberrations of the tray will be visible like a fingerprint on the flat side of the Lek Lai. It is said, that the Hot flame extraction method (Dtat Rorn), does not require otherworldly power of the Mastery of Fire Kasina.

With a decent study of the technical aspects of the correct heating of the flame, and knowledge of the Kata Incantation used for chanting to cut the Lek Lai, and some experience in meditation, is enough to be able to extract Lek Lai that resides in the stone.

For this reason, Lek Lai which comes from cold method candle flame cutting is considered to be the most special because it has the Magic of a great Master controlling it with Kasina magic. This makes it also an object of Faith in the Guru who called the Lek Lai, and is a Sacred Buddhist Relic, in addition to a powerful amulet. A Master who can manifest Lek Lai with cold flame, is afterwards undoubted for his Mastery, and instills strong Faith in the Devotee.

Lek Lai Dtat Rorn, although still a very Miraculous and powerful elemental substance, is inferior in power to Lek Lai Dtat Yen.

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Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore

Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore

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Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore. While Thailand unquestionably has its beautiful beaches and a stunning diversity in fauna and flora, plus a rich tapestry of cultures, it also has its fair share of Ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore

Phi Ta Khon or Ghost Festival

If you have been lucky to spend time in this magical Kingdom, then you will have without doubt (if unknowingly) witnessed its people’s fascination with spirits and ghosts. From the many Festivals which include a history of fertility rites and offerings to the spirits, ghosts and gods, to the Spirit houses which you will see in homes, the work place and along the side of the road right across the country, we even have our own park attractions depicting hell and torture. To the trees, boats and vehicles that are adorned with brightly coloured ribbons and last but not least to the Yantra tattoos and amulets that are worn by so many of its people.

To top all that Thai’s have our own superstitions, lucky and unlucky colours and days along with many fables which combined with the occult, spirits, deities and ghosties seem to influence so much of life here. It is this mass of beliefs that most outsiders find so difficult to understand, especially as it appears to sit so smoothly with the Thai peoples strong religious believes expressed in their Buddhist faith.

This powerful belief in spirits can be seen in Thai corporate bodies such as Thai airways when in recent times one of its aircraft skidded on the runway at Bangkok, and in the state railway when things were not going to plan and they suffered a number of train crashes, in both instances Monks were asked publically to perform rituals to appease the spirits who it was decided had reeked these mishaps.

While it is true that every culture has its own set of ghouls and ghosts we like to think here in Thailand we have more than our fair share, listed here are just a few of the most common ghosts and spirits found in Thai folklore across this wonderful country.

Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore

Thai Amulets

Spirits or ghosts are known generically as phi (ผี) and are to be found, in certain trees, burial grounds near Buddhist temples, homes and also within mountains and forests. The list while not complete is in the main in alphabetical order excluding the first two demons that are probably the most feared of all these super natural beings. Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore

Phi Krasue (กระสือ)

Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore

The Thai Movie Mae Naak Phra Kanong (แม่นาคพระโขนง)

The Krasue (also known as Phi Pok) is a ghost known by many names in neighbouring; Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia and Malaysia, in all these countries the entity is a nocturnal female spirit which manifests itself as a woman, usually young and beautiful, with her internal organs hanging down from the neck, trailing below her head. The spirit moves about by hovering in the air as she has no lower body, her teeth are found to be like pointed fangs similar to a vampire.

Origin of Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore

There are a number of stories around the origin of this spirit the oldest is from the ancient Khmer culture. It tells of a Khmer princess becoming a Krasue after being burnt alive. The story goes something like this; the princess was to be given in marriage to a powerful Siamese nobleman after the defeat of her people in battle. But she was already in love with another man of lower status; after they were caught the offended Siamese aristocrat sentenced her to death by burning. Shortly before the execution the princess asked a Khmer sorceress to cast a magic spell over her, so her body would be unharmed by the ensuing fire. The spell did not work as hoped and her body was engulfed in flames destroying all but her head and body organs

The un-charred remains were cursed to continue living as a Krasue ghost. A modern version of this particular Phi Krasue’s legend was enacted in the 2002 Thai horror film Demonic Beauty

Present Day

The death of a great number chicken in mysterious circumstances at a farm in Nakhon Luang District, Ayutthaya Province, on the night of 4 October 2015 was blamed by local villagers on the activity of the Krasue. See new article in Thai Daily News. To see other news reports for the previous year on ghosts in Thailand click here

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Phi Krasue (กระสือ) by Xavier Romero-Frias

 

Phi Krahang (กระหัง)

Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore

Flying krahang

Phi Krahang is an evil male and nocturnal ghost which manifests it-self as a shirtless man, wearing a traditional loincloth and who flies in the night sky. They are said to haunt the same type of areas as the Krasue (above) and so are often mentioned in the same breath as the female ghost but unlike her the Krahang lives the life of a normal villager during the day

Krahang use two large Kradong (กระด้ง), round rice shallow baskets attached to his arms to fly. It will also ride a Sak Tam Khao (สากตำข้าว), a long wooden pestle traditionally used as a rice pounder.

The preferred diet of the Krahang and his sometime companion the Krasue is filth and human waste, some say the spirit is not happy about people touching his behind, for fear of his true nature being discovered

Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore

Phi Am: A ghost which sits on the chest of people while they sleep, causing discomfort. This entity can be extremely dangerous.

Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore Phi Braed:  A male or female giant ghost that has a huge sucker for a mouth, this ghost has a taste for parents which it will kill.

Phi Chamob: A ghost who haunts a part of a jungle where a woman has previously died, the good news is these spirits are fairly harmless.

Phi Chao Kam Nai Wen (เจ้ากรรมนายเวร)Is a ghost that maintains ill will towards a person due to the wrongful deeds the latter committed to them in their former life.

Phi Duat Leut: With the traits of a vampire this ghost sucks the blood of its victims.

Phi Ha: The spirit of a woman who has died in childbirth. This ghost is considered to be very violent. The most famous spirit being Mae Nak Phra Kanong

Phi Hai or Phi Tay Hong: These particular hungry and amoral spirits inhabit places where a person has died an unnatural or violent death. They are easily offended, and take every opportunity to possess people. It is said those possessed by a Phi Hai can normally rid themselves of the evil spirits by making them an offering or taking part in an exorcism, however if this fails they have to resort to using a whip to drive the sprit from the body.

Phi Ka (ผีกะ): This unpleasant spirit originating from Northern Thailand has 6 variations

1) Phi-Ka-Phranang (ผีกะพระ-นาง) is the most famous ghost as it is the particular spirit that actors offer sacrifices to.

2) Phi-Ka-Dong ( ผีกะดง) is ferocious, and usually goes to hunt in groups. However, its saliva is believed by some to be able to treat particular diseases.

3)  Phi-Ka-Arkom ( ผีกะอาคม) a kind of ghost that was once a human but who violated a tradition. In the distant past, before an academy would accept you as a student, they would conduct the Keun kroo ceremony. If they failed to conduct the ceremony it was believed the students would be cursed and become a Phi-Ka-Arkom.

4) Phi-Ka-Takood (ผีกะตระกูล) is ghosts that protect fields and so makes them more fertile.

5) Phi-Ka-Taihong (ผีกะตายโหง) is a person who died unnaturally, but they do not know that they are dead.

6) The last type of Phi-Ka ghost is the Nokkhaophika (นกเค้าผีกะ); it has an owl as a symbol. If the ghost comes to a village in the evening, a lot of owls will cry out unnaturally.

Northern Thai people are said to be reluctant to marry into clans called ‘Ka’!

 

Phi Kee: You should consult this spirit when waking from a bad dream and before going to the toilet. By asking the spirit to allow your excrement to go peacefully you can offset bad luck and I assume avoid being sh_t on!

Phi Khamod: This spirit takes the form of a red star and misleads travelers.

Phi kong koi (ผีกองกอย): Like the Phi Poang Khang  this little devil sucks the blood from the big toes of sleeping people leaving them to die. Those that live in the Jungle know when this one one-legged spirit hops towards them in the night as it has a distinct cry which sounds  similar to “kong koi, kong koi!” and therefore its name. It is said that by making a loud noise and shouting the spirit can be frightened off, when departing it makes a sound like the shaking of leaves on a tree blown by a gust of strong wind.

Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore

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Phi Krasy: This ghost dwells inside a witch and leaves her body during sleep by way of her mouth. A Krasy ghost while they like dirt generally don’t harm human beings, although when it consumes entrails it can cause death (really!). Krasy witches have a sleepy appearance during the day, their eyes don’t blink and they can never look anybody in the eyes, they also don’t cast a reflection in the mirror. The spirit itself apparently has the head a size of a tennis ball which in turn is orange in colour; 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.
Phi Lok: A ghost which haunts various localities. It frightens and misleads people, and can be seen as well as felt.

Phi Nang Ta-kaen: Is the ghost of a beautiful young lady, who haunts the Hopea tree, it is for this reason many Thai people don’t allow it to grow in their gardens.

Phi Ngu (ผีงู): Also known as Phrai Ngu (พรายงู) or Ngueak Ngu (เงือกงู), is a ghost that may appear in snake form, human form or a combination of both.

Phi Nang Tani: Another female tree spirit this time taking up residence in banana trees and often appears on a full moon. She is regarded as a good ghost known to give bananas out as food and fill the alms bowls of monks.
Phi Pa (ผีป่า): Is the generic term for spirits that live in the forests, Thai hunters often leave some of their kill to show respect and appease this spirit, often leaving the lip, eyelid, foot or tongue of the prey they have killed.

Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore Statues of Hungry Ghosts (Preta), Wat Phai Rong Wua, Suphanburi province, Thailand. by Heinrich Damm

Statues of Hungry Ghosts (Preta), Wat Phai Rong Wua, Suphanburi province, Thailand. by Heinrich Damm

Phi Pawb: This is a mischievous ghost with a wicked sense of humor and is the spirit of somebody who had died violently; it likes nothing more than to sit on the shoulders of its victim to make them appear to be lop sided.

Phi Preta (or Pret): Is a hungry ghost and is celebrated in Southern Thailand in their ‘Hungry Ghost Festival’ . It is said that anyone that is more preoccupied with material things and excludes the spiritual side of life, will be reborn as a Preta. They have an enormous appetite for almost everything, food, money, power or sex. They are invisible to the human eye, but some believe they can be discerned by humans in certain mental states. They are described as human-like, but with sunken, mummified skin, narrow limbs, enormously distended bellies and long, thin necks. This ghost while ill tempered and aggressive due to the fact they are always unsatisfied is harmless.

Phi Phrai: The spirit of a woman who has died in childbirth and whose body has been used to make a phi thai hong lotion. The lotion is obtained by a shaman/sorcerer who will extract essential oils from the dead female by putting a lighted candle under their chin. The resulting oil is believed to have the magical ability to drive men to the arms of the woman that administered the concoction.

Phi Phraya (ผีพราย) Female ghost that live in the water

Phi Poang Khang: Poang is the name of an area of forest where the earth is salty, (also known as a salt lick), while Khang is a langur or long-tailed monkey. Phi poang khang is therefore a phi in the shape of the animal dwelling near a salt-lick. It is said that this phi, unlike the real monkey, has a short tail and its upper lip bulges, revealing its upper teeth. At night it comes down from the trees in which it lives to suck blood from unwary people sleeping nearby. Like a vampire the person in receipt of the ‘Toe Job’ eventually becomes weak and dies

Phi Pob: A devious and dangerous female ghost that that devours human entrails while leaving the host alive. Victims will pretend to be ill but will steal uncooked meat to eat at night.
Phi Tai Ha: Is the spirit of a woman who has died of malaria, this ghost will take delight in spreading the same disease.

See more on what some may term ‘occult festivals’ and further beliefs in the Kingdom click on any of the posts below

Thailand’s Walking Dead

Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival

Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival

Supernatural Thailand

Thai Superstitions

Thai Amulets

Colour, astrology and lucky days

Yantra Tattoos

Rocket Festivals

Vegetarian Festivals

Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival

Wizards of Thailand

Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore

Previous Years news reports

Ghosts Spirits and Thai Folklore

 

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