Thai spirit houses


One detail of everyday life in Thailand that I find fascinating is the ubiquity of san phra phum, i.e. spirit houses.  These are something that every Thai home and business (no matter how big or corporate) seems to have – a miniature house or temple that provides shelter for the spirits resident on the premises.  It keeps those spirits happy and presumably dissuades them from causing mischief.  Here are some pictures of spirit houses that I took during a recent visit to Bangkok, starting with the one serving the spirits in the bank that was next door to my hotel.



I don’t know why on earth this particular spirit house had to be equipped with a herd of zebra.  But it was.



Meanwhile, for the ghostly inhabitants of this spirit house, a crisis was clearly in progress.  They had an intruder to deal with.



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