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November 20, 2015


Spirit Houses can be found in many Southeast Asian countries.  These small, often ornate, structures are generally placed on a dais or pillar near a family's home or the site of a business.  The Spirit House helps protect the family or business and serves as a shelter for spirits, including those that were displaced in the building process.


In my trips to Laos, Myamanar, Cambodia and Thailand, I've seen many Spirit Houses.  They are filled with gifts to appease the spirits -- fruit, soft drinks, food, small amounts of money and even cigarettes. The photo below is a Spirit House near our lodge in the countryside of Laos.


For those of you who have read my novel, DEAD of SUMMER, you know that Spirit Houses play an important role in the story.  But I want to direct your attention to anot...

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