Buddhist monks are baffled by these supernatural tree roots – which have taken the form of a HUMAN.
Locals spotted the strange growth which quickly became a big draw for visitors to the Wat Borriboon temple in Chaiyaphum province.
The roots are twisted together in the shape of a man sitting on the ground with his hands holding up his legs and his head looking inquisitive upwards.
Visitors believe the tree’s roots are a spooky manifestation of a former monk who would love spending time relaxing under the shade of the tree.
Visitor Wattana Sukhum, 42, said: ‘’I can sense somebody everytime I’m near the tree. There’s something very special about the roots. It’s a special place for everyone.
‘’I think that an old monk has made himself come to life through the tree roots and he’s there watching everybody and giving good luck to them.’’
Phra Nok, the head abbott at the temple in the remote village of Ban Takeelekyai, said the tree, named Keele, had been there since the village was built and was once a popular place for locals to gather.
But he complained said: ‘’The tree’s more popular than our oldest monk Lungpoo Kai, who’s now almost 100 years old. People are more interested in visiting the tree.”