The spirits told the people that they had forgotten to pay homage to the nine emperor gods. The spirits instructed the people to observe a time of refraining from eating meat, drinking alcohol, sex, quarreling, telling lies or killing. Soon the epidemic ceased. Since that time, every year the people of Phuket have continued to celebrate the festival.
On the day before the festival starts, each temple raises a large pole where the gods are invited to descend from the heavens through the poles. Then many people known as “Ma Song” will be used as vessels to be possessed by the spirits. During the days of the festival, the “Ma Song” will exhibit supernatural powers and will inflict torture on themselves in order to bring good luck to the community.
This is not a small or insignificant event here in Phuket. Almost the entire city takes part in these spiritual rituals.
Please be in fervent prayer for the people of Phuket. We are reminded again of the Thai people's desperate spiritual need. Pray that the true and living God, Jesus Christ will deliver them from the bondage of slavery to demonic spirits.
Acts 17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
Yours for Thailand
David M. Speights