Throughout Thailand and Lao, Spirit Houses are as prevalent as mailboxes. No business, home or temple is complete without one. Rooted in animist beliefs but entwined with Buddhism, the spirit houses provide shelter for mischievous spirits. Offerings of incense, food, flowers and the like are freely and regularly given to keep the spirits happy. Happy spirits send good fortune, ensure prosperity and provide guardianship. I think I need one at home!