Bangkok Podcast 61: Thai Spirit Houses
Have you ever walked down the street and wondered what’s up with those dollhouses on pillars that seem to be outside every building? Many have, and this is why we’re happy to have Marisa Cranfill on this episode, who is one of Thailand’s foremost (non-Thai) experts on Thai spirit houses. Despite Tony’s mysterious mic problems, we talk to Marisa about what exactly these houses mean and where they come from. She also gives us the lowdown on exactly what’s inside the little structures, why you’ll most commonly see red Fanta soda sitting on the mini ‘porch’, and what happens to all that food that people leave as offerings? It’s a complicated part of Thai culture that has deep roots in Brahmin, Hindu and Buddhist religions, and plays an important part in how Thais see the luck and success – or lack thereof – of their households.
We are also joined by J.J. Grill, one of two reviewers at a website called What We Went Through that aims to give an honest and impartial review of restaurants in Bangkok. No frills, no bias, just honest reporting about the level of service, food and value from a customer’s point of view.
Portrait of Imaginary Machines
Thai artist Prabda Yoon presents a series of drawings of imaginary machines with a sense of individuality, as a direct criticism of the flat and characterless machines of today. July 12 ~ August 13. Galerie N 139/5 Witthayu Rd.
Dream, Dreaming Us
Contemporary oil paintings by Takanobu Kobayashi use a light and shadow technique to focus on facial expressions while sleeping. July 14 ~ August 21. 100 Tonson, 100 Soi Tonson, Ploenchit Rd.
60 Years of Italian Fashion
An exhibition of haute couture and accessories by Giorgio Armani, Valentino and Roberto Capucci and more, in celebration of the 60th year of consolidated Italian fashion. July 13 ~ 31. BTS Chit Lom
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Photo: Jason Pratt