Thai Spirit Houses

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One thing I immediately noticed when we arrived in Thailand were these colorful and beautiful structures everywhere.  We saw them in front of hotels, gas stations,  private homes and on street corners.  I mistakenly thought they were Buddhist shrines. Turns out there is a spiritual practice in Thai culture which predates Buddhism.
These structures are ‘spirit houses’. They provide shelter for the spirits who reside on the land where the house or business is built. Thais hope that the spirits will dwell in their own home and not in the house or shop.

I photographed a variety of spirit houses in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.  I hope you enjoy them. You can see they range in size and complexity. They are well attended, with fresh offerings of food, flowers and drinks placed daily.  I really appreciate this ancient practice and find it very similar to my practice of thanking and honoring the ancestors who gave so much that I can have an abundant life today. For more information about Spirit Houses visit :http://www.travelfish.org/sight_profile/thailand/southern_thailand/surat_thani/ko_samui/3033

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