PHUKET: Visitors to Nong Yai in Rayong, on Thailand's Eastern Seaboard, might wonder why residents have set up a shrine featuring a large wooden penis in the middle of their village.
The answer? A so-called “widow ghost”, which the women of Nong Yai believe has been mysteriously killing married men in their village for 20 years.
The spirit has killed so many local men that Nong Yai has earned the nickname “The Widow Village,” villagers told the Daily News.
The monumental penis is thus an offering to the malevolent spirit.
Each year the women perform a ceremony, sprinkling holy water on the item, which is about 60 centimeters long with a red shaft and a golden head.
Nattacha Butchali, 47, insisted the story was true and not just a case of “naive villagers” believing strange tales.