Sunday, April 9, 2017

"In Thailand, blood sacrifice is out. Strawberry Fanta is in"

PRI:

Strawberry Fanta is among the most popular food offerings presented to Thai ghosts — if not the most popular.

It’s hard to think of another case in which corporate junk food and the occult are so deeply intertwined. Walk the streets of Bangkok for a day and you’ll notice dozens of opened, unconsumed Fanta bottles in conspicuous locations.

Each Fanta is situated before what looks like an enchanted dollhouse, all glittery and golden, 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.

It’s like a parlor where friendly ghosts congregate and receive free fruits and sodas.