Thai Ghost Stories: Phi Am

Ghost Stories are popular all across the world. Who doesn’t like hearing a creepy tale being told around a camp fire about some scary ghoul that gets its kicks out of terrorizing the living? Different countries have different types of ghost stories and some cultures take them more seriously than others.

In Thailand, Ghosts are not just a figment of the imagination or a means to scare children; many Thai people believe that they actually exist. It’s not uncommon for Thai people to take great precautions so as not to upset any spirits that might be lingering around this realm; there is more than meets the eye, to the miniature Shrines that can be seen here and there throughout the Country.

The Thai word for Ghost is ‘Phi’ and whether you believe in Phi or not, it’s undeniable that they are a significant part of the Thai way of life and death. There are too many Thai Ghost Stories to list here so for now we’ll just quickly mention one.

Phi Am. Phi Am is a ghost that sits on the chest of people as they sleep and she is apparently the reason you feel discomfort during the night. This particular Ghost is very similar to the Incubus and Succubus ghosts that can be found in Western culture. In fact this type of ghost has been described in many countries under many different names. With so many sightings in so many countries, does this therefore mean that there might be a certain level of veracity to the tale of Phi Am?

Either way, I know I won’t be sleeping well tonight. (I should really stop writing these types of articles at midnight, before I go to bed.) Goodnight everybody. Sleep Tight.

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