Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Cultural Insights: Big tree, bad luck!

Superstitions may not seem to have a place in the modern world of science and technology, but in Thailand they still thrive, especially among the elderly, whose wisdom is steeped in ancient beliefs.

By Nattapat Tuarob

Monday 16 March 2015, 08:00AM

Not all of Thailand’s old superstitions are completely bogus, and some may even have some logical basis in science.

In today’s column, I’d like to talk about one old Thai belief that growing large trees at a private residence can bring one bad luck on its residents.

According to the belief, such large trees should only be planted in spacious and sacred places such as temples.

This is why you usually only find the sacred Bodhi tree – also known as the Banyan tree or Hopea odorata , or Ta-khian tree (Ton Pho in Thai) – at the local wat, and rarely will you find one at someone’s private residence.

Thais have long believed that if you plant this kind of tree at a private residence, it will bring bad luck to that house and its inhabitants.

Thanyapura Health 360

These trees grow quite large, their height can reach 30 metres in height and beyond, with the trunk’s diameter growing to three meters. Consider what’s going on underground.

If you grow this tree too close to your home, the roots will expand under the house which will surely harm the foundation of the house in the future.

Moreover, the roots are hard to demolish and the trees have a long life, which can be determined from tree ring dating.

Back to the supernatural side of things, it is believed that these trees serve as abodes for angels and other powerful spirits possessing a certain power that ordinary people can not live around.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.


Be the first to comment.


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
THAI flights put on hold until July

Good advice: Lay off now 5000 staff, may be more later. Trim the THAI fleet in number of operation...(Read More)

THAI flights put on hold until July

@kaaskopp, read who are the new board members ( hope in anxious days) and that one ex minister who t...(Read More)

Heavy downpours drench Phuket

Clearly they didn't enlarge the drains etc. to keep the whinger busy.Same with all other upgrade...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Beached by COVID

Why make it illegal to enter the water? In the US and Australia, most places have done the opposite....(Read More)

Police probe gunshot in Phuket Town

Prostitution is illegal in Thailand. Perhap the DSI should investigate how and why this area goes u...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Beached by COVID

...Phuket government just trains her inhabitants to become better make sheep. It is all obvious dumb...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Beached by COVID

As usual, a good piece of 'Opinion'. The idiotisme of local government ruling in many cases...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Beached by COVID

I agree ! Open the beach, Mr.Governor ! And hopefully at Phase 4(middle of June} we will be allowed...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Beached by COVID

I agree with this, but why make it illegal to go in the water? Going in the water will not impact th...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Beached by COVID

I don't think they would even know how to translate your commentary yet absorb it....(Read More)