Tsunami Ghosts

The tsunami that hit Asia last month caused a tremendous amount of damage and change in the countries in its path. Some of the overlooked aspects are the psycholgical damage caused by such a tragedy and the cultural responses to the event. One facinating symptom of both is a large number of reports of encounters with ghosts.
In Thailand and other nations there has been surge of ghosts bringing fright and bewilderment to people living there. Experts believe that the ghost sightings are an expression of the trauma felt by so many in these countries that has adopted the motifs of the deeply spiritual cultures of the region.

One night last week a taxi driver in Patong Beach was said to have been hailed by four western tourists, who asked him to take them to the airport. He chatted as he drove, grateful to have a rare tourist fare. When he pulled up and turned round to let them out there was no one in his cab. His story was reported in a local newspaper. (Taipei Times)

I find this story especially interesting because it is very much like common ghost stories we have here in North America. Who here hasn’t heard a ghost story of disappearing passengers? I wonder what causes such similarities of stories, whether natural archetypes or outside cultural influence.
For further reading here are some articles.
Thais Pray [] to Put Wandering Spirits at Rest
Tsunami Ghosts Cause Terror
Fear of Ghosts Torments Asian Tsunami Survivors
Tsunami Survivors Live in Fear of Ghosts

4 comments on “Tsunami Ghosts

  1. Its amazing how psychiatrists 'explain away' ghosts sightings in Thailand. Many among us are only more or less a century old (app 18250 days of life), have flipped thru a few pages of books written by science freaks and then they go shooting down any 'incidents' which their knowledge cannot apprehend. They dispute things that millions upon millions of people in the past and present have experienced but without scientific proof (how could one?).
    Once the Buddha was asked how the world was created. HE scooped up a handful of dead leaves and said that what he had taught them was equivalent to these leaves. What he had not, was equivalent to the leaves in the entire forest.
    My point? There are things that cannot be explained with human speech.

  2. Its amazing how psychiatrists 'explain away' ghosts sightings in Thailand. Many among us are only more or less a century old (app 18250 days of life), have flipped thru a few pages of books written by science freaks and then they go shooting down any 'incidents' which their knowledge cannot apprehend. They dispute things that millions upon millions of people in the past and present have experienced but without scientific proof (how could one?).
    Once the Buddha was asked how the world was created. HE scooped up a handful of dead leaves and said that what he had taught them was equivalent to these leaves. What he had not, was equivalent to the leaves in the entire forest.
    My point? There are things that cannot be explained with human speech.

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