Thai folklore

By: Justin Giles and Mary Rendon

Through out the world there are many different cultures that have their own little folk lore stories. These stories range from ghosts to demons and everything else in between. Thailand also has their own scary stories that everyone seems to know, much like common stories known in both America and Mexico. A very common one that many may be aware of is the story or even the name of El Chupacabra. This is the animal or beast that posses a threat to the livestock as well as people in many Hispanic countries.

Thailand’s people are extremely superstitious and this is reflected by the sheer amount of different stories that I have heard; these stories range from stories that many know across the country to very personal ones about colleges or even specific homes.

Nang Ta Nee, a common Thai story, is about a pregnant women dressed in green who lives within banana trees and waits for a man to take as her husband. Nang Ta Nee goes to men in their dreams and tries to get men to fall in love with them. If the men go with her in their dreams they die in their sleep to her. Thia story has led to a few of the more superstitious men and boys to grow a long pinky nail and paint it red to trick Nang Ta Nee into thinking that they are female.

Another popular story is that of Phee Kra Sue. Phee Kra Sue is one of the oddest stories that I’ve heard in a long time. Phee Kra Sue is a ghost that is the head of a woman with lungs and intestine attached to it. Phee Kra Sue flys around in the sky flashing brightly looking for food to eat. Oddly enough however this ghost poses no harm to people, she simply looks for feces, and placentas to eat.

It was extremely interesting and fun to talk to the Thai nursing students and listen to the huge amount of stories that they have in relation to ghosts and paranormal activities.

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