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Mysterious goings on - nobody dares move the shrine in the middle of the road!

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Mysterious goings on - nobody dares move the shrine in the middle of the road!

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UDON THANI: -- Visitors to a small village in Udon Thani in the north east of Thailand could be forgiven for thinking that the locals are a little potty when they see a shrine in the middle of the road. But those who have dissed the shrine have met with quick and violent death.

While those that respect its awesome power have enjoyed nothing but success and prosperity, reported Sanook.

The shrine is in the village of Ban Nong Kungsri in Nong Kungsri district. It has all the usual trappings of a village shrine - models of elephants, horses, dolls and suchlike adorn its base. There are offerings aplenty of rice and drinks to satisfy the spirits.

But it just happens to be in the middle of the intersection at the heart of the village making it unusual.

Poo Yai Ban (village headman) Thongsa Chartphaengta, 45, is well aware of the history of his village and the background to why the shrine is there. He said that the village came into existence in 1932 and at present there were 215 houses and 856 people living there, mostly farmers.

The shrine used to be in a different location years ago but following the death of many people in a cholera outbreak it was moved to its present location that was just a dirt track at the time.

Some years later the local authority wanted to pave the road so a meeting with all in the village was convened to decide what to do about the shrine. There was a heated debate with some wanting to move it and some thinking it should be left where it was.

At the meeting one man spoke disrespectfully about the shrine and even shocked villagers by pointing in its direction with his foot - a complete no-no in Thai culture. After the meeting broke up the man walked home and within minutes he was dead.

He was flattened by a ten wheel truck.

Later some road workers were in the area. One of the men thought having a shrine in the road was a stupid idea and was heard to use rude words when referring to it. In no time whatsoever the man involved had his head flattened by a passing plough dying on the spot.

Since these incidents no one has even dared mention moving the shrine.

In fact the complete opposite has occurred, said Thongsa. It has now been there for several generations. It was a wooden structure but after that rotted a cement one was placed in the same location.

Villagers who pray to the shrine get success and happiness. Students pass their exams, there is prosperity and everyone lives in peace and harmony in the village, he said.

And no one wants to jeopardize that by moving the shrine that will stay in the middle of the road.

Source: Sanook

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-- 2016-07-28

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The drivers will have more respect for this, than other traffic and pedestrians, and might actually slow down on approaching it !

Not a bad thing.

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Yep, wish we had middle of the road shrines where I live. Everyone will slow down, take their hands of the wheel and wai. coffee1.gif

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A "passing plough" ?? Something lost in translation perhaps?

I have to wonder about the level of success and prosperity of those who respect its awesome power.

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Students pass their exams !

That's not unusual here and doesn't involve praying at a shrine.

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Yep, wish we had middle of the road shrines where I live. Everyone will slow down, take their hands of the wheel and wai. coffee1.gif

My wife can even wai to shrines that are in a corner of the road...and wai with both hands wai2.gif while driving. Maybe she 's also on the phone at the same time, can happen.whistling.gif

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A "passing plough" ?? Something lost in translation perhaps?

I have to wonder about the level of success and prosperity of those who respect its awesome power.

"The plowman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me. "
Use the Gray matter.rolleyes.gif

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Yep, wish we had middle of the road shrines where I live. Everyone will slow down, take their hands of the wheel and wai. coffee1.gif

That's precisely what the drivers of the 10-wheel truck and farming plough were doing when they flattened those two guys who, by sheer coincidence, also believed the world is not flat.

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Soon, this shrine will grow with the help of some local entrepreneurs to include coffee place, food court

and a massage parlor... this is most of business in Thailand start.....

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If we had a shrine in the middle of the road here, i would not be in a wheelchair.

The crazy bugger would have slowed down.

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What is wrong with this country. Does no one have a functioning brain? (Retorical question, by the way).

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A "passing plough" ?? Something lost in translation perhaps?

I have to wonder about the level of success and prosperity of those who respect its awesome power.

"The plowman homeward plods his weary way,

And leaves the world to darkness and to me. "

Use the Gray matter.rolleyes.gif

I'm waiting for "Eligius" to post a comment!

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What is wrong with this country. Does no one have a functioning brain? (Retorical question, by the way).

Judging by your comment you are a resident of Thailand, but I expect you exclude yourself from this comment because you are superior to the locals.

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Absolutely brilliant idea to put that lovely shrine where it is, and it looks beautiful as well. ( Now I should win on the lottery this week)

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Sometimes by the roadside a small standalone Spirit House can be found. The reason for this is so that spirits who haunt the place are given a home and they will not endanger the drivers who pass it. Some Spirit Houses on to road were built to pacify the tormented spirits of people who have died in violent deaths in crashes at that site.

In the same way cars, trucks and taxis display garlands of flowers to protect the occupants of the vehicle on the journey.

A famous Spirit House, the Erwan Shrine, at the Phloenchit intersection in Bangkok is the most famous Spirit House in Thailand and is popular among tourists from Asia because it is considered a place where the gods usually grant them what they request.

http://www.huahintoday.com/thailand-news/thai-spirit-houses-sanphaphoom/

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