Thai Ghost Stories: Myth and Terror [Season 3, Episode 29]

2018-10-08T10:44:55+07:00October 10th, 2018|Bangkok Podcast Season 3|2 Comments

This week’s subject is the fascinating mythology of Thai ghosts, which, as anyone who has spent any time here knows, are a pretty big deal in Thai culture.

In the west, ghosts and the supernatural are met with skepticism by most, so it’s easy to be dismissive. But Ed puts things in perspective by saying that Thailand’s ghost stories work better if you think of them like the mythology of Greek gods – huge, varied, and very creative.

As someone who teaches a critical thinking class, Ed opines about urban vs rural belief stats, before both he and Greg get into some of the more interesting Thai ghosts (Ed’s favorite – creepy banana ghost. Greg’s favorite: floating head attached to intestines). No matter how you take it, Thai ghost mythology deserves heaps of appreciation for its sheer creativity and ties to Thai culture ancient and modern. If you want a crash course in understanding what makes Thailand different from other countries, start researching Thai ghosts! To get your started, here’s the trailer for a really creepy-looking Thai video game about ghosts, as well as this very funny commercial that shows how ubiquitous they are.

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  1. Roger October 13, 2018 at 3:58 am - Reply

    Another excellent episode. You guys work very well together to give some great analysis and discussion of the subjects you cover. I stayed in Huai Khwang recently and really enjoyed it. Would love to hear you do an episode on that area sometime.

    • Greg October 14, 2018 at 12:00 am - Reply

      Hey Roger, thanks! I personally don’t know Huai Khwang that well, but it’s an increasingly popular area. I just added it to our official “upcoming episodes” list, so we’ll get to it. Might take a few months, but it’s there. 🙂

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