The supernatural has long fascinated humankind, playing a big part in everything from children’s fairytales to Hollywood horror movies. But did you know it’s possible to witness the supernatural in the flesh? What if you were to journey to a far away, magical land to encounter the supernatural? What would you be willing to wager that you wouldn’t walk away unmoved or unchanged by such an event? I recently took up that challenge, and encountered souls unafraid to smile at the dark side and almost eager to watch it smile back.

The city of Korat, Thailand, a four-hour drive north of Bangkok, offers such a chance, at the “Nine Emperor Gods Festival”, a spectacular annual event that I had been keen to witness ever since I first came to live in Thailand – and this year I finally made it.

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