Kalasin vil­lagers wage bat­tle with su­per­nat­u­ral after three ‘mys­te­ri­ous’ deaths

The Nation - - AROUND THAILAND -

Res­i­dents of two vil­lages in Kalasin held rit­u­als yes­ter­day in a bid to ward off an evil spirit be­lieved re­spon­si­ble for the sud­den deaths of three lo­cal men.

Folks in Ban Non Bup­pha (Moo 9) and Ban Dong Nue (Moo 2) in Kuchi­narai dis­trict are con­vinced the spirit of a de­ceased widow killed the men and would kill more if not stopped.

“My hus­band was per­fectly healthy when he sud­denly stopped breath­ing,” Su­pa­porn Saen­suri said of her 60-year-old hus­band, Songdej Saen­suri. He died on Jan­uary 2.

She joined her neigh­bours as they pre­pared rice, dried food, shells, be­tel nut and sand for merit-mak­ing rit­u­als.

They strung white thread around Ban Dong Nue, hung red shirts in front of their houses and placed wooden phal­luses painted red – palad khik – at all en­trances to the vil­lage to keep the spirit away, said res­i­dent Pi­jid Kong­wayha, 64.

He said the rit­ual was planned after Songdej and two oth­ers died. Neigh­bours in­sisted that none of the men suf­fered from chronic ill­ness.

Songdej was found dead with no sign of in­jury other than a wound on one palm suf­fered while toil­ing in the fields.

In re­cent weeks, many women in the vil­lages be­gan hav­ing dreams about a fe­male spirit com­ing to take away their hus­bands, Su­pa­porn said.

Some also said they saw a mys­te­ri­ous glow­ing ob­ject in the dead of the night, oth­ers that they dreamed about a black-skinned man.

Health­care of­fi­cials, rarely im­pressed by su­per­nat­u­ral claims, said Songdej’s hand in­jury be­came in­fected with fa­tal re­sults, while the other men died from heart dis­ease and haem­or­rhagic stroke, re­spec­tively.

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