Pair Of Early 20th Century Nariphon Tree Folk Art Amulets
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A Pair Of Early 20th Century Magical Nariphon Tree Folk Art Amulets.
The Nariphon is a tree in Buddhist mythology which bears fruit in the shape of female creatures. It grows in a mythical forest and the maidens grow attached by their head from the branches.
According to Buddhist mythology, the god Indra created a pavilion as an abode for Vessantara, his wife, and two children to live. However, his wife was in danger of being attacked by hermits or yogis whenever she went into the forest.
Therefore, Indra created twelve of these special Nariphon trees. The trees would bear fruit whenever she went out to collect food and distract the men. The men took the fruits to their place of abode and, after making love to them, would sleep for four months and lose their powers.
According to Thai folklore, since Vessantara and his family have died, the trees bear fruit daily, but the forest will disappear when the Buddha's teachings have become lost. When the fruits appear on the trees, they last for seven days, after which they will wither and die if they are not picked. They are said to have the same internal organs as humans, but no bones, and are believed to hold magical powers and possess spirits which can sing and dance.
Condition is good, structurally sound.
Measures 17cm x 4.5cm x 2cm (biggest) & 16cm x 3.5cm x 2cm
Weighs 82.28 grams (combined)