Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Termite Hill Resembles Naga’s Crest

Photo Courtesy of Thairath

NAKORN PHANOM – The villagers of Nakorn Phanom hurried to Tha Nong Chan Temple near Mekong River to pay respects to a termite hill resembling the crest of Naga. They believe it’s one of the greatest village miracles and will bring good luck to all who pray.

On August 29th a reporter wrote that villagers in Nakorn Phanom found a termite hill at Tha Nong Chan temple near the shore of Mekong river. A congregation of villagers flocked to the temple to plead for good fortune – the reporter arrived to find that many had lit incenses and candles and were bowing continuously to the termite mound in one of the monk’s rooms. The nest was unusual because it had crests sticking out from the mound which resembled the head of the Naga. There were 23 heads altogether. Unsurprisingly, villagers believe the crests are a display of Naga’s supernatural power.

Monk Monthree Chotimangto, 51-years-old, the head monk of Tha Nong Chan temple revealed that in a period after Buddhist Lent day, he dreamt of a nest of large snakes that had slithered to the temple to ask him if they could hibernate near him for prayers and so on. After a week, he found the Termite Hill resembling Naga’s crest. He said it is the Naga’s intention to want villagers to come and pay visits and to make donations to the temple so that it is prosperous. However, when it comes to luck, he warned villagers not to be too demanding and that they should only pay respects to the Naga. The monk personally believes that the power of the Naga exists.

Tha Nong Chan is an ancient temple right next to Mekong River and has been around since the Sri Khotchaboon Civilization.

One villager, Mr. Sukhai Gaenchan, 47-years-old, further said that the phenomenon was truly the power of the Naga. He said there was a teenager from the village that came to see the termite hill and didn’t believe a thing and disrespected the Naga by snapping off one of the Naga-like heads. When the teenager went home, his hand began to hurt and soon he could not move it at all. Relatives took him back to apologize to the Naga, and his hand recovered instantly. “It was unbelievable,” Sukhai said.

This personal story from the village has kept people moving in and out of the temple at a rate never before seen. It has been especially crowded near lottery dates. In the end, it is always about lottery.

Courtesy of Thairath

Writer: Adrian Tse & Chet Chetchotisak