Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Hmmm, when the blogging cupboard is bare...


I had plans for today’s post but not until it was too late, she says cryptically; I shall post that tomorrow instead.

I’ve been out at Book Club this morning. We read Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit; could I tell you about that? I guess I could but perhaps there’s something else more exciting... I could tell you about the physio appointment I had this afternoon and that she’s very pleased my gluteus maximus muscles are finally working and not lying idly against whatever they were lying idly against before I started working out. But that’s a bit icky and maybe too personal…So, I looked in the cupboards for a proper blog subject but the shelves were bare. So I went out of the condo, wondering how far I’d have to go to find something exciting to show you.

I had faith in the fact that I’d find something out in my soi to tell you about. Just a few steps away from our place are the mooing frogs; I really want to tell you about them but it wasn’t raining and they only moo in the rain.

Then I had a little panic. What if we are moving home to the UK this summer? There won’t be mooing frogs or street vendors or soi cats and dogs or spirit houses in my road in the UK. What will my blog be about then?

Anyway, enough panic, I am trying to be zen about not knowing what is happening to me…



This is the spirit house - San Phra Phum - in the garden of our apartment. It is at the corner edge of the property as we come into our drive.

Most houses and businesses have a spirit house, often placed in the corner of the plot but it will be an auspicious place where the shadow of the human building will never fall on it.  A Brahmin monk will probably have been consulted to find the best place to put the spirit house.

The houses are put in the grounds to appease any spirits who may have been disturbed by the building process. (Incidentally, this is Animism rather than Buddhism and as I understand it, they have sort of merged into the Thai beliefs.) It is believed that the spirits can be mischievous and they can make problems for the business or home unless they are mollified. Offerings of food, flowers and incense are put onto the house to keep the spirits happy.

Here's another one. This spirit house belongs jointly to the businesses down the road. 



7 comments:

Boonsong said...

Nice post. Great photos. You've captured them beautifully.

JJ Beattie said...

Boonsong, thank you. I hope my explanation is all correct.

Fran said...

Go on. What did they think of 'Oranges'? Have you seen the film?

Susie Vereker said...

Lovely photos, JJ. Takes me back!

Lane said...

I love the idea of a spirit house.

But I also want to hear about mooing frogs:-)

Amanda Sablan said...

A Spirit house, huh? Sounds neat.
I've always wanted to visit Thailand. Anywhere in Asia, really.

Boonsong said...

I found your explanation enchanting too. Thanks for an excellent post.
Thanks too for not concentrating too much on the gluteus maximus (or for that matter gluteus minimus) stuff.

All the best
Boonsong