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The snake (งู) is playing an important part in Thai Buddhist culture. Indeed in old Buddhist legends a snake or "NAGA" (นาค) changed his appearance into a man in order to enter monkhood. Since that time, during the ordination ceremony, the candidate to enter monkhood must answer the question if he is an humain being or not.

Naga
Naga

Snakes are associated to old beliefs in Thai culture. Here are some of them :

Naga
Naga
Before digging the main hole for the most important pole of a new house, a ceremony for the "NAGA" is performed. The "NAGA" is believed to lie underground.

The Snake Farm has been set up to produce anti-venom serum for snake-bite victims. It is located in Bangkok.

Snake
Snake
The snake kite (ว่าวงู) is a popular toy of the past. This kite has a snake head but the wings can feature any other kinds of pictures. Nowaday it is still quite popular and can be purchased in front of Sanam Luang in Bangkok when the kite season starts.

Of course many venomous (งูพิษ) and non-venomous snakes can be found in Thailand.

Snake
Snake
Another popular former toy is the woven rattan snake (งูดอกไม้ไผ). It is a kind of mechanical toy as it can snap a finger just like a real snake.

Some Thai idioms are related to snake. A dirty old man, who is flirting, is called "snake head" (เต่าหัวงู).

Naga
Naga
Inside Thai Buddhist temples, there are often "Naga" decorating the stairs leading to the main chapel entrance.



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