This weekend’s Cultural Close-up is a tradition commonly observed not just in Thailand, but many other countries throughout Southeast Asia.

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Throughout Southeast Asia you will often find miniature houses or temples, known as Spirit Houses, placed in front of homes, businesses, hotels, restaurants, and other establishments. They serve as shrines for the protective spirits of the house. The shrines often include images of people, animals, and sometimes houses mini figurines inside. You’ll often find water and bits of food placed inside the Spirit Houses – a way to keep the spirits fed and cared for. After all, a happy spirit, means a happy house!

Spirit house in Thailand
Spirit house in Thailand

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Have you ever seen Spirit Houses in Thailand? Or come across this tradition anywhere else in the world?
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