Phra Narai Song Khrut

The Phra Narai Songe Krute is originally a Sak Yant (traditional Thai/Cambodian tattoo) design. At the top is the King of Gods, Vishnu, also known as Phra Narai, depicted with a bow and arrow, spinning disc, and knife. The winged creature in the middle is Phra Narai’s vehicle, the King of the Birds, Garuda, or Khrut, a mythical creature with the head and body of a human but talons and wings of an eagle. The two serpent creatures to the sides of the Garuda are Nagas, or King of Snakes. Garuda and Nagas are half brothers, sharing the same father. They are mortal enemies, constantly fighting each other due to a quarrel between their mothers. The bottom creature is known as Phra Rahu, a demon, also the God of Darkness.
In Thailand’s national epic, the Ramakien (derived from India’s Ramayana), the gods and demons were at war and tried to find a peaceful resolution. They agreed on a truce—to create Amrit, an immortal elixir that they would both share. A mountain called Mt. Mandara would be cut and put upside down into a sea of milk with a Naga wrapped around it. The demons pulled the “head” side of the Naga while the gods pulled the “tail” side to create the churning effect. From this process Amrit was created. The Naga’s head side also spit out poison, distracting the demons pulling its head while Vishnu sent the Garuda to fly down and retrieve the Amarit. Once in his possession, Phra Narai started to distribute the Amrit to the deities. Phra Rahu was a demon known as RahuKetu disguised himself as a deity and began to drink the elixir when Surya—the sun god and Chandra—the moon god, due to their radiance, saw through this disguise and alerted Phra Narai. He then threw the spinning disc at Rahuketu and cut him in half. But since he started to ingest the liquid, his top half became immortal. His immortal top half floats through the universe looking for Surya and Chandra to get his revenge by swallowing them. When gets a hold of them, the sun and the moon come out of the other side, explaining the phenomenon of the eclipse.

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