I was talking as a general rule on how most cultures get translated, and mostly how sacred esoteric profound states are given mundane and fearful translations, its not that superstitions dont exists they exist in all cultures but its man made ideas and largely misunderstood. I have met plenty of Thai people in my time and passed through and had short visits in Thailand, but mostly in transit, i would have liked to stay longer but at the times I went it was hard to find even simple vegetarian foods. I didnt want to say to much about their cultures in rural areas as it would be dishonest but I cant see how it would differ from most places in Asia, I would prefer to learn from true natives , this does not always mean general populations, its a very similar culture all over with slight variations and unique temperaments but there is a general ethos commonly shared, so certain truths can be applied in all places. In general the average person has never tried to study mind and its functions in any great depth so its largely an unknown phenomenon, mind is something that is universally connected within all of us,to think its a individual phenomenon is simple not true. Like in jungles with so called wild dangerous animals, they will never attack when mind is balanced and in union with the surroundings. There are sadhus in Himalayas and other remote areas that hand fears bears , snakes and leopards.
Preta hungry ghost as I understand is a state of being within the human, usually people with insatiable lust or greed that cant be satisfied by anything that they consume, part of the bhavachakra.
In the Philippines they have the same types of beliefs and usually village people do not like to go out at night,, its amazing when two or more people go for walks at night, one feels fear the other not, its all imaginary and superstitious it only exists as something in the mind, from the Thai forest tradition the monks would usually face these things and fears and find out they do not exists or they only exist within ones mind, if mind is balanced and tamed then they dont exist or harm so where is the reality of them. Mind and thoughts are very powerful. I have done solitary retreats in remote places before and its either an illusion of mind when mind cant handle silence and being alone and plays tricks on itself, when mind is calmed and concentrated and unafraid they dont exist.
Bhutas however do carry energy and information and are part of natural phenomenon but I would not call them ghosts or spirits, its a poor translation, it usually some imbalance in the energy fields, there are subtle connections between all of us.
My main issue was with the word ghost and translated in normal western terms and then that being applied to superstitions or false understanding of mind and phenomenon but more importantly of sacred places and esoteric forces as Ghosts or malefic and evil or dangerous forces or myths.
Go out face your mind and see that they dont exist when mind is balanced. Buta and subtle psychic phenomenon is misinterpreted very easily.
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