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.
Snakes are associated to old beliefs in Thai culture. Here are some of them :
- If a Thai woman dreams and sees a snake during a dream, she will find the man of her life in the next coming days.
- If a Thai woman dreams being bitten or crushed by a snake, this means she is about to be united with her true love.
- If somebody sees a snake going in front of him, he will receive money in the next coming days.
- If a big snake is staying in the temple and sleeps there, it is a spirit coming back.
The Snake Farm has been set up to produce anti-venom serum for snake-bite victims. It is located in Bangkok.
Of course many venomous (งูพิษ) and non-venomous snakes can be found in Thailand.
Some Thai idioms are related to snake. A dirty old man, who is flirting, is called "snake head" (เต่าหัวงู).
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