Ghost shrines

On the way from Phimai village center to our house, three small river-side buildings draw attention because of the many colorful statues they display. In fact, on my first few visits to the area I assumed that they were shops selling sculptures. After a few lunch-time motorcycle drive-by’s, I started noticing there never was a shopkeeper around. Asking around, they turn out to be shrines to river ghosts who are supposed to live around there. People make offerings to them, hoping for good luck and their wishes to come true. They are definitely not Buddhist, which probably makes them Animist. The Thai fascination with ghosts is a subject for a future post. More pictures are available in this gallery.

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