THE SIGNIFICATION OF NAGA IN THAI ARCHITECTURAL AND SCULPTURAL ORNAMENTS
Phan Anh Tú
University of Social Sciences & Humanities,
Member of Asian Scholarship Foundation cohort VIITh
The Nak (Phaya Nak or Naga) in Thai architectural and sculptural ornaments are an associational achievement between the indigenous serpent cult of the mainland Southeast Asian region and Naga of Indian religions in ancient times. It seems that the remains of indigenous serpent cult, however, which have existed up to now being only what told in the Thai folklore. In their religious and belief aspect, most of the Thais have been strongly impacted by Theravada Buddhism so the indigenous serpent worshipped ritual is not separated with the form of Buddha worshipping.