How to summon a ghost in Thailand
Thailand’s horror stories are renowned for sending shivers down your spine and even causing you to lose sleep for a week – we know this from experience. If Shutter wasn’t terrifying enough for you, you can try your hand at summoning Thai ghosts using these tried-and-true methods that local “supernatural experts” swear by.
Remember, though, that it may not always turn out the way you expected. So, try these eight ways to summon ghosts at your own discretion – the techniques are ranked from least to most dangerous.
First up is a method that has been used in many Thai ghost programmes and by internet influencers looking for a thrill.
According to Thai traditional beliefs, staring in the mirror around midnight may allow one to witness someone else’s reflection. But, combing your hair sends an invitation to ghouls so creepy that seeing them could cause you to lose your bearings, hopefully temporarily, as written by Gang Beauty.
Wait for midnight to strike
With a lit candle, turn off all the lights in the room
Comb your hair in front of the mirror until the candle dies
Take a closer look and see the reflection of the person(s) that aren’t you
Quickly throw your comb away as far away as possible
Turn away from the mirror to drive the entity away
In Thai Buddhist beliefs, you need to make merit and pray for the spirit at a temple afterwards to protect yourself from bad spirits and lingering ghosts
If these steps aren’t followed, the spirit is said to linger around.
2. Look between your legs
No, this isn’t a yoga pose. Even though this summoning technique involves more legwork – bending over and looking between your legs – it’s definitely one of the more popular ones.
21 out of 50 people claimed to have really encountered a ghost whilst using this practise, according to Sanook.
Head over to a grassy area, like a field or a yard
Grab a fallen leaf from any tree nearby
Stand near the tree whilst facing towards the east
Slowly rotate yourself counterclockwise three times whilst chanting Put-Tho-Ta-Ya three times.
This Buddhist chant translates to “Divine Dharma”, and saying the words allows divine light to enter one’s soul and mind.
On the third rotation, stop when you’re directly facing the west
Calmly bend over forward between your legs with your eyes closed
Once you open your eyes, you should be met with a ghostly companion
Note: Make sure not to run as they may end up following you.
Dispose the leaf immediately
Rotate yourself clockwise thrice without any chants
You may go home afterwards, but do not run back because the entity will follow you.
Blow on tap water three times, then chant Phut Tho, which means “Dharma”, thrice.
Splash your face three times with the same water
Make merit afterwards to the ghost
3. Sleep in a coffin
Coffins are a respectful space reserved for the deceased. It can be hard to imagine ourselves laying in this confined space; for some it’s considered their worst nightmare.
The coffin method is said to bring thrillseekers to meet their personal guide to the underworld, so the rules require that the “traveller” hold a coin in their mouths. This is similar to Greek folklore where any valuables that are on the person at the time that they perish are taken into the afterlife, according to Sanook.
According to Isaan folklore, it works almost the same way. Instead you’ll be laying in a coffin with a coin in your mouth.
Place a coin in your mouth before entering the casket
Lay in the casket holding a lotus flower in between your palms, like you’re doing a wai
Simply close your eyes and focus on trying to summon your guide
Open your eyes and you should be met with a spirit
To be guided into the afterlife, you’ll need to give them your coin
To get yourself out of this, you only have to leave the coffin and make merit for your guide.
4. Play the the Thai-version of the Ouija board
The Ouija board is a classic way to communicate between our world and that of spirits. Thais have their own version that is popular among schoolchildren, many of whom will say they’ve talked to ghosts through their “Ouija board”.
Those interested in summoning ghosts through this method need a piece of paper, a pen, and an empty glass or a coin.
Note: This method can only be used by those who can read and understand Thai. The players must remain composed. If you exude negative or nervous energy during the ritual, the spirits you meet may follow you consistently.
Here’s what you need to do.
Setting up the board
Write all of the Thai alphabet – including tone markers – on an empty sheet of paper
Ensure that you’ve placed an exit panel on the board before starting the game – meaning have good-bye written on it.
Have an empty glass or coin
One of these will be used as a communication tool between you and the otherworldly beings
Once all this is set up, you may begin the game accordingly.
Playing the game
Every players’ fingers need to be on the communication tool
If this is being done in a group, members must chant this in unison.
The object needs to move by itself after someone has asked questions from the summoned one.
When you’re ready to end the game, follow these measures.
Place your communication tool on the good-bye panel
Remove the communication tool from the board
Apologise to the spirit for disturbing and summoning them
Make merit and pray for them at the temple
If these instructions aren’t followed accordingly, the spirit will follow you for days. We’ll tell you again: you need to go to the temple to make merit.
5. Leave offerings for ghosts
Tourists may have noticed plates of food with incense sticks along pavements while walking around cities in Thailand. Similar to how Thais make offerings to spirit houses, they also feed spirits that live along the streets, which is what those little meals are for.
Leaving offerings out and inviting spirits to have a meal together is actually a popular summoning method.
To get instant results, you have to follow these instructions.
Go to a place that’s known to be populated with spirits
This could be a graveyard, a temple or the site of a tragedy
Place the platter of food on the ground
Hit the plate of food with a utensil repeatedly
Once you’ve hit the plate, wait for the entity to appear
If you’ve decided that it’s time to part ways with your guest, you could walk away. Though, that’d be a little rude. So, the best way to end your meal is to thank them for making the effort to join your meal, and making merit for them later.
6. Swallow your saliva in front of a mirror
This method is similar to the hair combing technique, but involves swallowing your saliva.
The steps are also slightly different and more specific.
Face away from the mirror
At exactly 11.54PM, start swallowing saliva one time a minute
After the sixth gulp at midnight, slowly turn towards the mirror with your eyes closed
Then swallow your saliva for the seventh time – the entity will be there once you open your eyes
To drive off the ghost as you must
Close your eyes
Swallow again for the eighth time
If they’re refusing to leave, apologise and promise to make merit to them
Go to a temple and make merit for them
7. Cover yourself with a blanket and chant
Remember many of us believe that hiding under blankets is going to save us from the spooks? Well, that belief was promptly debunked by Japanese horror movie, Ju-on, where the ghost surprises characters underneath their blankets.
Well, this is how you summon ghosts Ju-on style.
8. Play hide-and-seek at night
Playing hide and seek at night is the simplest but most dangerous summoning technique on the list.
The method ties back to Thai legend that say spirits come out at night and are more confident lurking in the dark. There have even been instances of spirits cloaking players.
Some seekers have even witnessed mysterious shadows that they mistook for hiders.
In one case, some players were possessed and required an experienced exorcism to drive the entity out from the victim’s body, reported Petmaya.
If you want a sure way to reverse the spell, you’ll need to have a black cat handy.
Play hide-and-seek at night until you experience supernatural activity.
To reverse these effects, a black cat needs to walk past you.
So, unless you have a trusty black cat, there’s no sure way to drive the entity away.
Summon Thai ghosts if you dare
Thais see a very thin border between the supernatural world and our dimension. Many believe that these spirits are not only present in our daily lives, but can also take action that either works in – or against – our favour.
So, assess carefully before undertaking any of these summoning rituals.
For non-ghost believers, you may not want to try and put yourself into the unknown because these stories have been told for a reason.
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