carved teak wood naga, the serpent king. Intricately carved
from one piece antique teak rice holder. Comes
with hook ready to hang.
28" long with handle, 21" without handle, 17" wide and 4" deep.
One of a kind piece!
Legend of the Naga
involving the Naga or serpent are found in both Hindu and
Buddhist mythology. They are also prominently featured in Khmer
underwater kingdoms of the Naga extend across all of the world's
rivers, lakes, and seas. In addition to being the keeper of the
force of life stored in the waters, the Naga is also guardian of
corals, shells and pearls and carries one in its head.
early settlers of the Mekong River basin believed that the King
of the Nagas is the God of an underwater kingdom called "Muang
Badan". A god with almighty powers who watches over the people
living in the Mekong basin.
According to ancient folklore told through the centuries, the
underwater city of Muang Badan stretches beyond the Mekong
itself and covers the entire subterranean realm beneath Nong
Khai province, with its the capital city located near
present-day Kaeng Aa-Hong, Amphoe Bueng Khan district, the
deepest point in the Mekong River.
entrenched is this ancient belief in the communities bordering
the Mekong River that the eternal bond between the peoples of
I-San or Northeastern Thailand and the mythical Naga is ever
present in the fabric of the local culture, traditions and way
of life. The tradition of floating illuminated boats on the
Mekong River is one such act of worshipping the King of Nagas.
Buddhist tale of the Naga
the Serpent King. is also mentioned in Buddhist folklore.
the Lord Buddha went about his quest preaching to his disciples
and devout followers, Naga, the serpent king watched in
fascination and soon aspired to be one of the disciples of the
Endowed with powers to assume various forms, the Naga
transformed itself into a human form and mingled in the midst of
the disciples, listening to the sermons. However, when the Naga
drifted off to sleep, the spell that was cast wore off and the
impostor was exposed. With this revelation, the Lord Buddha told
the Naga that as a beast, and not an earthling, it could not be
ordained into monkhood and was forbidden from entering temples.
Hence in Buddhist temple architecture, the Naga is either
depicted coiled around the outer walls of the temple or along
the stairs leading to the entrance to the temple.
However, the Lord Buddha had elicited such devotion from the
Naga that in spite of the ban from monkhood, Naga continued to
keep its vigil over the Lord Buddha, protecting him from harm.
statue of the Lord Buddha seated on the body of a coiled serpent
and sheltered from the rain by the seven hoods of the Naga
commonly featured in the Buddhist sculptures of Northeastern
Thailand is one of the most significant postures.
Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand and The Nation Media