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There are many accounts on how pii krasue* came to haunt the land. One of the more popular accounts takes place in the 1700’s– immediately after the fall of the Khmer Empire to Thailand. Following the battle, a Thai ruler happened upon the beautiful Khmer Princess Tarawatee and decided to take her, forcefully, as his bride.

One day, the jealous Thai ruler saw Tarawatee lovingly embrace another man. Unable to tolerate her infidelity, he sentenced both Tarawatee and her lover to death. Her lover was to be beheaded; she, burned at the stake. While awaiting her execution, Tarawatee was told by a fellow prisoner that in a nearby village there was a woman named Daow who looked identical to the young princess.  Princess Tarawatee was then chained to her death-stake and set aflame by her husband. As she began to burn, she sent her spirit to find– and take over– Daow’s body. Unfortunately, the moment Tarawatee’s spirit entered Daow’s body, Daow was killed by a curse. Tarawatee’s spirit was able to raise Daow’s deceased body from the ground as it’s hunger for revenge was great.

Each and every night following the young women’s deaths, pii krasue has haunted the S.E. Asian landscape. Daow’s head hungrily rips from it’s body in search of blood and entrails to feed upon. Many believe that the pii krasue preys upon pregnant women, feeding on fetuses with vampire-like teeth, causing miscarriages.  The ghost’s beautiful face mesmerizes and incapacitates it’s victims as it floats through the air, viscera streaming like ribbons from it’s neck. Once fed, the bloody head returns to its body before the sun begins to rise.

In order to protect oneself from pii krasue, pregnant women are to place thorned branches around the house, thereby discouraging the ghost from feeding upon unborn babies. Killing pii krasue is quite another matter; one must cut the intestines from it’s sopping neck. Another method is to hide pii krasue’s body so that it can not reattach before daybreak.

There are other versions of this haunted folk-tale– although they are considerably less extravagant than this account. If you are interested in learning more about pii krasue, there are several Thai horror movies that are quite campy (but good none the less): Krasue Valentine (2006) and Demonic Beauty (2002).

Here is a video of pii krasue that was captured by a Thai student:

The panel of men discuss the possibilities as to whether or not the floating red light is actually that of pii krasue. Unfortunately, since I am not yet fluent in Thai, I don’t know what they make of the student’s video.

*Krasue Ghost


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