Contrary to TV, red shirt supposedly keeps bad spirit away

On TV, the red shirt character is often the one to go. Not in Thailand.

‘Widow ghost’ terrifies village in northeastern Thailand.

People in the village told a reporter that 10 strong men have mysteriously died, some in their sleep and others just dropped dead while walking.

A spirit medium hired by the villagers said the “widow ghost”, or pee mae mai, also known locally as the lai thai (sudden unexpected death syndrome) spirit, was responsible for their demise.

The medium also told villagers to hang a red shirt outside their homes to repel the evil spirit and also warned that families with only one son have a higher chance of a visit from the ghost.

The medium also told villagers to hang a red shirt outside their homes to repel the evil spirit and also warned that families with only one son have a higher chance of a visit from the ghost.

According to the local doctors though, the men died from respiratory failure. But it was and still is common practice to attribute a seemingly strange and unfortunate event to evil spirits. The superstition is spreading to other villages. People are not critical about it but prefer to take the “it can’t hurt” philosophy of hanging the red shirt. By doing this, it propagates and popularizes the irrational belief.

From: http://skreened.com/geeknirvana/cool-starfleet-sent-me-a-red-shirt-black-text

From: http://skreened.com/geeknirvana/cool-starfleet-sent-me-a-red-shirt-black-text

  1 comment for “Contrary to TV, red shirt supposedly keeps bad spirit away

  1. January 18, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    I recall the first time I deleted an email forward that begged me to pass it on or risk some unspecified bad results. I would have said I had zero superstition of that kind, but it took an effort of will to ignore that “curse.” It has become remarkably easy with practice.

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