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Can anyone tell me is it wrong to take photos of Spirit Houses. Yesterday I was taking photos of a Spirit House, I had taken 4 or 5 photos already when one of the security guards insisted that I stop.

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Well perhaps it would be respectful to ask first, if there is anyone around. And given that the spirit house is considered by some to contain the guardian spirits and those of ancestors and previous occupants of the property, to whom respect should be paid daily, I suppose there are some with strong animist beliefs who might take offence, or indeed think that the photographer was 'stealing souls'.

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Thanks, yeah I never looked at it like that, good point.

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Can anyone tell me is it wrong to take photos of Spirit Houses. Yesterday I was taking photos of a Spirit House, I had taken 4 or 5 photos already when one of the security guards insisted that I stop.
If one of the security guards told you to stop taking pictures of the spirit house, I believe it might have to do with something else, security issue. Iíve never heard of the spirit house being off limit to photographers, Thais or Farangs. You are not talking about a spirit house on Sukhumvit road, right? Private property or sensitive offices with more than one security guards may not want you to take a picture of any things there at all.

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Taking a picture or should i say shooting a picture of a house with a spirit is not removing anything but only making a copy? A picture is just putting what a person saw in a form that can be reseen in a later time. JW

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Taking a picture or should i say shooting a picture of a house with a spirit is not removing anything but only making a copy? A picture is just putting what a person saw in a form that can be reseen in a later time. JW
What Iím trying to say is the guards at that place are over paranoid about something. Most places love to show off their spirit houses.

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I see but i guess these guards want to know who you are and why you are there. maybe if they knew that they would have left you to continue.JW

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Thanks for the replies guys, the spirit house in question was outside the multi storey car park at tukcom Pattaya. I believe it is a San Phra Brahm, it has the figure with 4 faces, and all sides of the house are open.

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Thanks for the replies guys, the spirit house in question was outside the multi storey car park at tukcom Pattaya. I believe it is a San Phra Brahm, it has the figure with 4 faces, and all sides of the house are open.
When i moved in Hong Kong some years ago my friend who lives in Hong Kong Island lost his wife to suicide in their bathroom. This was the first time i heard of a Spirit House. When he told me what had happened and he was going to move out because his place became a spirit house i said i would like to move into that place. Well he became upset and was offended that i said that. JW

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When i moved in Hong Kong some years ago my friend who lives in Hong Kong Island lost his wife to suicide in their bathroom. This was the first time i heard of a Spirit House. When he told me what had happened and he was going to move out because his place became a spirit house i said i would like to move into that place. Well he became upset and was offended that i said that. JW
People have some strange beliefs and superstitions, in Thailand nobody will move in to a house where someone has died, I think they like to leave it for a period of time, or they may have to have the blessed.

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