It's unclear why visitors started bringing Phra Nang literal and metaphorical wood. Maybe it has something to do with her fertility powers. Maybe they thought it was really funny.
Giuseppe Bognanni/FlickrAnd in all fairness, it is.
But god help you if you piss her off. After workers building a new luxury resort nearby accidentally torched Phra Nang's beloved collection, the resort's generator blew up during their grand opening. It seems likely that those people just weren't that good at handling combustibles, but hey, we don't know. It could have been dick spirits.
The Paluang Temple To The Holy Automobile
According to local legend, villagers of Karang Dawa once found a stone shaped like a car. After standing around and agreeing that it was some weird s**t, alright, they threw it back into the ocean. But it kept getting washed back up in the same spot. Taking this as a sign that god is a gearhead, the villagers built a place of worship at that site, which is now the Paluang Car Temple. Everyone claims it's hundreds of years old, which is especially impressive considering that the car in question is a VW bug, license plate and all.
Roman/Adobe StockHey, it might be a lie, but it's an impressive lie.