When unexplained deaths of seemingly wholesome and younger males happen across the similar time and similar place there are lots of Thai individuals who imagine it’s the Widow Ghost who’s after their males, they usually have their very own method of holding the seemingly paranormal demise at bay.
In some components of rural Thailand, particularly within the northeastern components, males are afraid of falling asleep in worry of dying as a result of a ghost sought them out as a mate. There are typically waves of panic the place a worry of the widow ghost attempting to take them in the course of the night time, are maintaining them awake.
However whether or not it’s a paranormal rationalization or a scientific one nonetheless has the native villagers and medical personnel divided.
Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Dying Syndrome or Lai-Tai
Infrequently, there can be instances the place multiple man in a geographic space will die throughout the identical time, maybe underneath mysterious circumstances at first look. Like within the Nineteen Nineties there have been many unexplained deaths of a bunch of Thai employees of their sleep within the northeastern components of Thailand. It was known as ‘Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Dying Syndrome’ by Thai medical doctors.
This explicit syndrome (SUNDS), is a dysfunction present in southeast Asia, notably Thailand, Japan, Philippines and Cambodia, which causes sudden cardiac demise, principally throughout sleep. In Thailand it additionally goes underneath the identify lai-tai Lai (dreaming, screaming) Tai (demise). It’s nevertheless not the identify of the Widow Ghost as it’s cited as in lots of articles. However what is that this ghost?
The Widow Ghost
The unexplained deaths obtained a extra paranormal rationalization to it and the legend of the vengeful spirit or the widow ghost fitted the narrative. She is an evil spirit that hunts males at night time and steals the boys from their mattress.
The story concerning the widow ghost just isn’t a very new one, nevertheless it undoubtedly is likely one of the extra persistent ones. Across the similar time as this was occurring in northeastern components of Thailand, extra of the identical mysterious deaths occurred amongst Thai employees each in Malaysia and Singapore. What was this factor that took the lives of so a lot of their males? Through the years earlier than there was anybody attempting to elucidate this in a scientific method, that they had discovered methods to guard themselves from the sudden deaths.
To guard themselves from this, the boys themselves in addition to their moms or wives took measures in line with superstition to defend themselves and their males. Some placed on lipstick or nail polish, and even gown up in womens clothes earlier than going to mattress. By doing this, they hoped to idiot the widow ghost into considering they had been actually girls and would go away them alone.
There was additionally a really conventional Thai method of defending their residence the place they hung phallic symbols round their necks, over the doorways and on the village gates for cover. Many Thai folks imagine that phallic symbols deliver good luck and good enterprise. The larger the penis, the higher the enterprise. There’s additionally the behavior of placing scarecrows with erect penises to distract and even hunt the Widow Ghost.
That is the case in Thung Nang Oak, a rural village in Thailand the place they’ve a really phallic image for his or her commune, greater than 3 ft lengthy and weighing 22 kilos. One of many causes for placing that on show was due to the horrible nightmares to the native males that was a sign that the Widow ghost was on her method.
Lethal Well being and Diets
Nevertheless, even with this safety, there would nonetheless be demise, and a person died in his sleep, despite the fact that he wore purple nail polish. The Thai public Well being Ministry concluded the deaths weren’t attributable to a spirit, however a foul food regimen of carbohydrate and sugar worsened by each bodily and psychological pressure. This was after the Thai well being authorities investigated over 700 of those mysterious deaths from Thai employees in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei since 1983 to the 90s, and lots of extra again in Thailand.
This appears excessive, however the truth is that a minimum of again within the day, the Thai employees from the northeastern provinces lived on simply white rice with a candy syrup, overproducing insulin and missing each potassium and vitamin B-1.
Since then, the Public Well being Ministry launched campaigns the place they tried to advocate for the worth of a extra balanced food regimen with extra vitamins to cease the panic. However did it work?
Preventing Ghosts with Phallic Symbols
Looks as if this isn’t an issue that solely existed, ‘again within the day’. In 2018, there was one other wave of panic after 5 younger males died in a couple of weeks. This was additionally in northeast Thailand within the distant Nakhon Phanom province. In a small village of 90 folks, they resorted to previous methods when 5 of their wholesome and younger males died all of the sudden of their sleep.
They had been in any other case seemingly wholesome and went to mattress after taking a shower as per common. They had been all discovered useless by their households the following morning.
The legend of the Widow Ghost got here again and so did the previous treatments to combat her and defend the boys. Large scarecrows with a powerful 80 cm erect penises had been positioned on the gates. They hung indicators saying ‘There is no such thing as a man right here’ ( “บ้านนี้ไม่มีผู้ชาย”) to confuse the ghost. Usually additionally they hang around purple t-shirts as it’s a shade for ladies and alludes to the truth that there are solely girls at residence, within the hope the ghost will ignore the home and transfer on to the following. The boys had been wearing attire and painted with make-up to guard them from being stolen by the ghost of their sleep.
As not a single man died the next week because the scarecrows had been put up and the nails painted, they thought that it will need to have labored.
Nevertheless, in neighbouringing villages and different cities there have been comparable instances and panic concerning the widow ghost. Most of those deaths almost certainly didn’t have an official post-mortem, because it usually is. However authorities declare that there’s a extra logical rationalization to all of it. In lots of instances the place they’ve achieved autopsies, there may be the case of malnutrition in addition to coronary heart ailments, respiratory failure and different diseases or accidents.