It is impossible to walk around Thailand without passing many gorgeous statues of what appear to be miniature temples, adorned with strings of colourful flowers and surrounded by offerings such as food and incense. Many Thais believe that when a new building is constructed, the ground beneath is disturbed and that this disrupts the spirits that live within that earth. Therefore, a ‘spirit house’ is put up next to the new building to provide the spirits with a brand spanking new home.
Legend has it that the spirits might take to haunting the new home unless they are rehoused and kept happy. The spirit houses are very ornate and raised to head height on decorative platforms and are often incredibly beautiful.
The Thai’s have huge respect for these spirits. People bring offerings of food, drinks, incense and flowers to appease those living in the house, and many hoot their horns or bow their heads in acknowledgement as they pass.
Relieved to see that our apartment block has an exceptional spirit house,
Charlotte and Sarah x
We’ve got two outside our apartment house, strung up with lights. Gorgeous at nighttime too! They really are everywhere.
Thanks, they really are beautiful, we love how colourful they make the streets! Absolutely loving your recent post on toilets, we were going to do a similar one, so funny yet interesting! 🙂
Haha! Thanks! I’d been wanting to write a little more in depth about international toilet experiences (that sounds odd), but this one will have to do for now. 🙂 And yes, I love all the colors in Thailand! Have you noticed the trucks? I even saw a tractor/backhoe painted teal.
Thanks, why have boring grey buses and cars when you can have multicolored trucks and fluorescent tuk tuks?! 🙂
Thanks, we agree- so beautiful at night lit up. We’re amazed every building seems to have them, from the huge shopping malls to the tiny backstreet cafes!
i saw these when i was in phuket and had no idea what they were and why there were so many! glad i read this post! enjoy thailand. i loved it and i loved the food!!