The signs of Animism can be seen in most Karen villages in rural areas. It is a reminder to communicate with respect, not to offend others, and not to get into trouble for oneself. Most villagers who practice Animism live close to nature and no nails are used for the building of their houses.
Boiling water is important to prevent diseases. Some villagers will add tea to improve the taste. Offering tea to visitors, including frontline researchers and health workers, is a mark of hospitality in Karen villages.