'Widow's ghost' again blamed for deaths

'Widow's ghost' again blamed for deaths

Children walk past a house in Ban Tha Luang in Phimai district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday, where villagers hang red shirts on their fences in the belief that the practice will ward off a murderous ghost. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)
Children walk past a house in Ban Tha Luang in Phimai district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday, where villagers hang red shirts on their fences in the belief that the practice will ward off a murderous ghost. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Following the deaths of 13 people in the past three months, residents of Ban Tha Luang village in Phimai district of this northeastern province have hung red shirts in front of their houses, believing they could prevent them from being attacked by a widow's ghost.

Since most of those who died between November and January, aged 17-60, were men, the residents believe the ghost of a widow took their lives.

The most recent death was that of Boon-uan Baebphimai, 60, a villager in Ban Tha Luang said to be strong and healthy. He was found lying unconscious one day on a village road and died shortly afterwards.

They villagers believe a red shirt hung in front of their houses could prevent members of their families from being attacked by the ghost.

The practice has been reported at several villages in the Northeast where a similar pattern of deaths occurred.



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