Spooked in Thailand?
You know I like spooky things? I enjoy horror movies, well some of them. I do love Stephen King books, (most of them). Most readers know I live in Thailand, what a mix, spooky stories and local scares!
Over the next few weeks, I will blog on Thai creatures from mythology. You may have seen them, they creep up on you when you are not looking! Not really, they are plastered everywhere. Even used to decorate stamps.
Want to know more? Read on.
The vast collection and variety of odd/spooky hybrid creatures that have jumped from mythology and religion to our everyday lives, at least if you live here!
Experts are confused by the grotesque creatures. The different designs, the history and naturally – what they can do!
Perhaps the most striking of them is the Himmapan creatures, mythical beings that are said to inhabit the legendary Himmapan forest supposedly located in the Himalaya Mountains. But how did they get here? Who brought them and why?
According to the legend, the jungle and its creatures remain invisible to human eyes. How come Thai artists who have been reproducing the bizarre and fantastic shapes of the mythical beasts in great detail for many generations.
Although sometimes referred to as beasts or animals, the Himmapan creatures are in fact rather complicated animal-based hybrids, frequently combining body parts of many animals (including humans) seen as representing different elements. Some of the more prominent creatures are those based on the body of a lion, a bird, or a horse, although these are by far not the only combinations.
Perhaps the most popular Thai human-bird creature is the swan-bottomed Thep Kinnaree seen as the embodiment of grace. Having said that, although promoted as the epitome of loveliness, some tales describe Kinnaree’s taste for human blood, which makes her the closest equivalent to a vampire we can find in Thailand. The male counterpart of Kinnaree is known as Kinnara or Thep Kinna Norn.
A Thai Vampire?
One of the most popular Thai human-bird, a creature which is the swan-bottomed Thep Kinnaree seen as the embodiment of grace. Having said that, although promoted as the epitome of loveliness, some tales describe Kinnaree’s taste for human blood, which makes her the closest equivalent to a vampire we can find in Thailand. The male counterpart of Kinnaree is known as Kinnara or Thep Kinna Norn.
Do you want to hear more Kinnaree Vampire tales? So do I. My wife is busy translating some.
Kinnara looks almost exactly like Kinnaree minus the breasts. Taking into consideration the feminine features of the male Kinnaras and the small breasts of the female Kinnarees, it’s easy to get confused.
Thep Puksee, looks pretty much the same as Kinnara, apart from the fact that it is supposed to have human legs. Also, its bottom seems to resemble that of a chicken rather than a swan.
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