Thainess Part 4: Spirit Shrines

Various animist practices have also been integrated into Thai religious life. Belief in ghosts and spirits is strong in Thailand, stemming from traditional pre-Buddhism beliefs, and you’ll notice miniature shrines set up in villages and cities throughout the country. The houses, called San Phra Phum, or shrine of the guardian spirit, are part of a … Continue reading Thainess Part 4: Spirit Shrines

Thainess Part 3: King, Nationalism & Religion

The Monarchy Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, and the royal family is revered throughout the country. The previous King -- Bhumibol Adulyadej, better known in the West as Rama IX -- was especially beloved for his six decades of public service and humble demeanor. Following his death in October 2016, his son Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama … Continue reading Thainess Part 3: King, Nationalism & Religion

Daily Phuket #3: 25 February 2021 – The Monks Are Coming!

This has been a weird week in a weird year. It's only the end of February and it seems like we have had more disruptions to the school schedule than in most full years. On Tuesday, classes were cancelled due to Scouting "activities". Tomorrow is a national holiday marking one of the holiest days in … Continue reading Daily Phuket #3: 25 February 2021 – The Monks Are Coming!