a delightful story in the NY Times about honoring the spirits during the pandemic, a habit which some Thais think has kept their nation from suffering badly:
Mr. Kitsana, 47, thinks this may help explain why the coronavirus pandemic has so far largely bypassed the country. Thailand, a nation of 70 million people, has recorded only about 3,120 cases of the virus, with 58 deaths, despite having had the first confirmed case outside of China.
“Thai people respect ghosts and spirits,” he said. “Everyday we pray and, you will notice, our country has not had many cases of coronavirus. The spirits listen to our prayers.”
mention this as one reason the country feels so spiritual.
very nasty ghosts out to kill you and drink your blood, but the bad spirits do not seem to figure in the ordinary sort of spirit house.