Spirited away

Spirited away

paying respects: Candles lit up to apologise for disrespecting spirits in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai. photo: Patipat Janthong
paying respects: Candles lit up to apologise for disrespecting spirits in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai. photo: Patipat Janthong

The search for 12 boys and their football coach trapped in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai ended on Tuesday when they were finally found, 10 full days after going missing. The Moo Pa Academy football team stole the media spotlight not only in Thailand but internationally, with people joining together to pray for the safe return of the lost boys and their leader.

With each passing day presenting no sign of the boys, social media came alive with speculation as to why the rescue team had yet to find even a small trace of them.

Some started to suggest the reason the boys had yet to be found was due to holy spirits residing in the cave.

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