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    Five Scary legends popular in Thailand

    Thailand is a country blessed with rich culture, traditions, and practices. Being an ancient land, Thailand has all kinds of stories to tell. Taking a leaf from its vast history, we bring you the legendary stories that continue to haunt the locals even now.

    The haunting ghost of Krasue

    Krasue was a girl whose marriage was arranged to a Siamese nobleman. However, Krasue was secretly in love with a soldier of low ranking. One unfortunate day, she was caught red-handed with her beloved. Consequently, death sentence was announced on her, and she was supposed to be burnt to death. Although a sorceress tried to salvage her life by casting a protection spell, but it was too late by then; only the intestines, viscera and head remained unhurt. Even today, as reported by the eyewitnesses, the ghost of Krasue meanders at night hunting for flesh, blood or the excreta.

    Naga – the semi-divine beings

    In Thai Temples, a certain snake-like statue attract attention of onlookers. However, they are neither snakes nor dragon – they are underworld deities or semi-divine entities mentioned in both Hindu and Buddhist scriptures. The Thai believe that the locals inhabit the Mekong River. They are not to be feared though; the Naga are good souls that are assigned the task of warding off evil spirits. Swimmers, however, have to be cautious when entering into the waters of Mekong River.

    Mae Nak – the wife turned ghost

    They say true love never dies, well at least the story of Mae Nak says so. It so happened that once upon a time, a woman named Mae Nak lived with her husband in a certain village in Thailand. As fate would have it, Nak’s husband went away to fight a war leaving her pregnant. However, Nak died during childbirth along with her unborn infant. Her deep-rooted attachment, however, turned her into a ghost. So, when her husband returned home from the war, he found Nak waiting for him at home with their baby. One day, Mak was aghast to see his wife Nak retrieving with her enlarged hands a lemon that had fallen off the porch. He ran away from the house at night to escape from Nak’s ghost and was saved by the intervention of a holy monk. Some versions say that the ghost of Nak retreated only when the monk promised her that she would reunite with her beloved husband in their next life. There is a shrine dedicated to Mae Nak next to Klong Phra Khanong, at Wat Mahabut.

    Mountain of a jilted princess

    Long ago, a pretty princess got married to a man who abandoned her while she was expecting their baby. Lonely and betrayed, the damsel looked for him everywhere but in vain. She walked hither and thither for many days and came to a point when she cried out in distress and fell on the ground. Thus she breathed her last. After her death, the body of the princess grew so large that it ended up taking the form of a mountain range called Doi Nang Non — or the mountain of the sleeping lady.

    Krahang – the shirtless sorcerer

    A man known as Krahang when alive practiced black magic and sorcery. He continued to inflict harm on people even after his death. Reportedly, he wanders through Thai villages in his shirtless avatar (and no, he was by no means a Salman Khan fan). Endowed with the power to fly due to the twin rice baskets he employs as wings and the wooden pestle he uses for riding in the air, Krahang is infamous for attacking women in faraway hamlets.
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    Nice post Chitty.

    Down south here I often see statues, like large garden gnomes, of pot-bellied black-skinned men. There's about a dozen different ones.
    Nang Talung and Ai Teng are two of them. There's a myriad of stories about them and they are often in the shadow puppet shows.

    Ai Poon Keaw is another.

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