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‘Thailand’s Got Talent’ apologises for ‘disrespecting spirits’

From left: Panya Nirunkul, chief executive of Workpoint Entertainment, Pravit Maleenont, president of Bangkok Entertainment, and Bauke Rouwers, chief executive of Unilever Thailand, show off their magic tricks at a briefing in Bangkok, 21 February 2011, to announce their cooperation on the Thailand’s Got Talent show. Bangkok Post Photo/WEERAWONG WONGPREEDEE

The makers of a Thai reality television show have held an apologetic mountaintop prayer ritual after viewers accused them of angering sacred spirits during their last episode. “Thailand’s Got Talent”, which is based on the hugely successful British franchise, found […]

Animal trances and tattoos at Thai Buddhist festival

A Buddhist devotee receives a protective tattoo during an annual festival, at Wat Bang Phra temple in Nakhon Chaisi west of Bangkok on March 7, 2015 (AFP Photo/Christophe Archambault)

Nakhon Pathom (Thailand) (AFP) – It begins with moans, then screams and feverish dancing followed by mad dashes through a densely packed crowd. Thousands of Buddhist devotees gathered Saturday at Thailand’s Wat Bang Phra temple for an annual festival celebrating […]

In Thailand, the Ghost Business Thrives

Kapol Thongplub has been listening to ghost stories for two decades as host of “The Shock.” Credit Guilio Di Sturco for The New York Times

The belief in the supernatural, ghosts and otherwise, infuses daily life in Thailand. Ministers inaugurate their offices at auspicious times, and powerful generals have been known to consult seers before a big decision, such as launching a coup — a […]

Thailand needs to give up the ghosts

A Thai opposition protester bites a necklace carrying amulets during a rally at the occupied Finance Ministry in Bangkok on November 26, 2013. Thai opposition protesters besieged several more ministries in Bangkok on November 26 in a bid to topple the government, as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faced a no-confidence motion in parliament and warned against "mob rule". AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT

From exorcism ceremonies to spirit houses and amulets claiming to make wearers bullet-proof, Thailand is a culture soaked in superstition — an obsession critics say is holding the nation back. On a popular episode of “Humans defy ghosts” — a […]