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Thai woman dressed as a zombie sells dead people’s clothes – VIDEO

Caitlin Ashworth

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A zombie saleswoman is selling dead people’s clothes online. 32 year old Kanittha Thongnak sells clothes of the deceased on a Facebook live stream while dressed as “the living dead”. She gives a story behind every pieces of clothing, explaining how each person died. Perhaps it would be a real business kill in most countries, but not in Thailand where the spirit world and superstition are just as real to some Thais as the world of the living.

It all started at a funeral, Kanittha says. Traditionally in Thailand, clothes of the deceased are burned.

“There were a lot of clothes from the deceased, so I thought it would be better to sell them than to burn them.”

She gets the clothes from a local temple. She says a monk does a blessing for the deceased before the clothes are given to her. The prices range from 10 to 100 baht. Some brand names and designer clothes are also sold at vastly reduced prices. She’s donated some money from the sales back to the temple. In addition to the dead’s clothes, Kanittha sells handmade zombie dolls.

“All the clothes belonged to dead people who died from various cause – accident, drowning, suicide.”

Kanittha live streams each week from her home in the Northern province of Phetchabun. It takes her up to 3 hours to apply her zombie makeup, but she says the costume helps draw in viewers.

“Since I started to wear scary makeup, the audience increased to 5,000, then 6,000.”

Many Thais believe in ghosts and spirits and just about anything vaguely superstitious. While some might be concerned about buying clothes that belonged to someone who is now dead, Kanittha says the people who end up making a purchase don’t get scared.

SOURCE: Reuters

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    Jitendra Bahubali

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Thai people are out of work. The tourism is dead. People are fending for food and money in any way possible. This way they are showing how desperately the country needs to open its border for Tourism. Hope the authorities will take a note of this and act soon.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    I wonder if she ever has to sew up bullet holes.
    Well if the buyers are happy. She is happy, and the temple is happy.
    Everyone’s a winner, and the dead will not care.
    Bit gruesome though.
    She is very skilful with the makeup.

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    Aly

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Good read! I’m dying to know what she will do next.;)

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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