January 20, 2005: Local people on the Thai island of Phuket as well as the Phi Phi and Khao Lak resorts claim that the local beaches are being haunted by the ghosts of Western foreigners killed by the tsunami triggered by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. According to local beliefs, after someone dies a relative has to cremate or bless the body so that the spirit can find rest - which hasn't happened with the bodies of the dead foreigners, many of which have not been found yet.
Game and Story Use
- Maybe there is something special about the spirit world of Thailand that even the spirits of foreigners are effected like native spirits would. Thus, dying in Thailand will prevent the spirits of foreigners from reaching their "proper" destination.
- This would be an interesting trope for anyone who wants to run an "all myths are true" campaign setting - the rules of death and passing on vary depending on where you are.
- If the unburied/unburned dead in your setting can become undead, you can lift this in the wake of a natural disaster.