Villagers of a village in tambon Dong Yai in Phimai district of this northeastern province have hung a red shirt in front of their houses, believing that it can drive away the ghost of a widow who a medium said had taken the lives of two male villagers.
Lamom Sermphimai, 62, a female villager of Ban Sala village, said the villagers have hung a red shirt in front of their houses because during the past week two male villagers died mysteriously in their sleep.
The villagers went to see a medium. A rite was held at a village shrine to invite spirits to explain to tell the villagers why this happened, Mrs Lamom said.
Through the medium, the spirits said it was the ghost of a widow who wanted to take the lives of four men in the village and that, as two had died, two other men would soon follow.
Fearing that the widow’s ghost would take the life of their family members, the villagers have hung a red shirt in front of their houses for believing it would drive away the ghost.
Some of the villages have even attached a note to the red shirt, read: “There are no men in this house, but cats and dogs.”
According to Mrs Lamom, no other men died in sleep after red shirts were hung in front of the houses.
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