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san phra phum

by Micha F. Lindemans
"House of spirits." Spirit houses are found at every Thai house. They are for the spirit of the land, to calm it and assure good blessing for the owner. The size of the spirit house is directly related to the size of the owner's house and must not be situated in the shadow of the main building. In the morning, the spirit is provided with food and drinks by the owner or the building attendant. The spirit house also contains small figurines that represent the spirit's servants and dancers for his entertainment. Little elephants provide the spirit with transportation.

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  • Etymology:
    house of spirits

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