What is a Phi Thale?

Phi Thale (ผีทะเล) is a sea spirit from Thai folklore

Background

Phi Thale is a spirit of the sea that manifests itself in various ways, including the Elms Fire, a rare phenomenon of light caused by electrical discharges during thunderstorms.

It is said that Phi Thale can take the form of a mermaid or a beautiful woman and often lures sailors to their deaths. Phi Thale is also said to be responsible for other eerie phenomena experienced by sailors and fishermen on their boats, such as sudden storms and mysterious lights.

In Thai language, “Phi Thale” is also used as slang for naughty men.

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