WHY DO THAI SPIRITS DRINK FIZZY POP?

Three-part story board panel 

In Thailand, it’s common to believe in paranormal spirits. To appease these, skip the somber incantations or spells—these ghosts prefer snacks.

If you walk the streets of Bangkok for a day, you’ll notice dozens of opened, unconsumed strawberry Red Fanta bottles in conspicuous locations. The assortment of snacks are situated before a glittery and golden “enchanted dollhouse”, perched on a chest-high pedestal. This is a “spirit house.” Every home in Thailand, shack and mansion alike, is accompanied by a little spirit house. Locals in a marketplace also present their offerings and prayers every morning before their shop opens, hoping that it’ll bring them wealth and good luck.

 

But they often get a bad rep—they’re feared, mysterious and unknown. In this short story board panel, I wanted to shed light on an alternative: what if the spirit is really a cute, stubby little character who’s just had a bit too much soda?

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