On the stormy night of September 18 2011 Rhee-in Somlith awoke after an amazing and life like dream. In his “dream” he was approached by a very menacing man who was larger than himself, more imposing by the fact that he was brandishing a large ancient style knife or sword which was nearly a meter in length and he was dressed in ancient way, his sarong wrapped around pulled between the legs and tucked in behind. He was bare chested and totally tattooed, Rhee-in was afraid for his life. The strange man bore down on him. Suddenly an old woman who was chewing bettlenut spoke up. Saying, no no no! Don’t kill him! The ghost replied, ok, followed with, “Then he must to help us”….
The ghost dropped his aggressive stance immediately then turned to Rhee-in, and admitted that he and the woman were much afraid of the rising waters of the storm. The ghost then told Rhee-in he should go to go to the pond that had been recently dug to supply water for the rice fields. On the side nearest the house and look on the the side of the steep embankment. He was given very specific directions. He awoke then and thought over what he had been told.
Rhee-in has lived in here for more than 20 years and is a quiet sort and and a bit on the shy side. In all his life he had never had such a powerful and real dream. He felt the urgency the “ghost” had left him with, so nothing to do but go and see what he could find. Rising in the early gray morning he went out to see if he could find the place the “ghost” had told him of.
The pit is about 20 ft. or more deep and the rains were filling it. On the side near his house and down about 6 feet he found some pot shards, they had found a few earlier so this didn’t surprise him but then he discovered what seemed to be a very large pot and he had to get friends to help to dig it free. It is about a three to three and a half feet long and shaped like an egg or pear. Smaller at one end and larger at the other and decorated with incised lines.
When they got it out they found it contained a lot of bones, as you can see in the photos. They include long bones,rib bones some vertebra and a jaw bone and remnants of a scull. There was also a number of pot shards, some they have re assembled but many are still just as they were found. They took many pieces to a site under the trees near the discovery site and built an alter where visitors burn incense and say prayers for the dead. To date Rhee-in has had no more visits from the dead, and does not seem anxious to. But the burial pot is safe from the water if not from admirers….
postscript. I am telling you this as it was told to me and as we saw. The site is east of Det Udom, Ubonratchatani, Thailand. There are old stories in the area of an ancient city that was somewhere near this site I believe it was called Donsaouhong (sp?). And no one seems to know when it was there only it was many hundreds of years or more ago.