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  Akha spirit gate

 

Thailand

Akha people usually live high in the mountains where they previously cultivated opium. Typical to their culture is the construction of so-called spirit gates, i.e. consecrated village gates that are erected at each end of their villages (fig.).

 

Typically, these gates are fitted with human items, in order to ward off evil spirits (fig.), as forest spirits are said to be afraid of anything human. The items usually include talaew (fig.) and wooden effigies of naked or copulating humans (fig.), reminiscent of those used by the Gia Rai in Vietnam (fig.).

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  Akha spirit gate