Nang Thani "Lady Of The Banana Tree" Ghost / Spirit Amulet Phi Phrai -05
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- Nang Thani "Lady Of The Banana Tree" Ghost / Spirit Amulet Phi Phrai -05
- Nang Thani ("Lady of Thani") is a female spirit of the Thai folklore.
- Measure Approx. 3 1/2" long x 2 1/2" wide x 1 1/4" thick
- Materials: hand cast clay painted by a Master Amulet Maker, painted and adorned with Sacred Yants and Ritualistic symbols, suspended in oil inside a custom plastic case. Often these powerful images are inlaid and adorned with quality crystal glass to enhance her beauty and power.
- Handcrafted in Thailand
- According to Verbal Tradition, Nang Thani appears as a young woman that haunts wild banana trees, known as in Thai language as Kluai Thani. Nang Tani belongs to a type of female ghosts or fairies related to trees known generically as Nang Mai ("Lady of the Wood") in the Thai, Cambodian and Lao Traditional Folklore.
- Nang Thani is believed to dwell among clumps of wild banana trees, and is popularly represented as a beautiful young woman wearing a traditional Thai costume. Most of the time Nang Tani remains hidden, but She comes out of the tree and becomes visible especially on Full Moon Nights. She is said to have a greenish complexion, blending with the tree, but her lips have the red color of the ripe ivy gourd. Her hair is black, abundant and untied. She generally appears in a standing position and her feet don't touch the ground, but hover slightly above it. In some modern representations the lower part of her body is represented with an immaterial quality, her waist cloth ending in a kind of wisp emanating from the tree trunk.
- The lovely Nang Thani here is represented with a large red banana flower bud wrapped around her slender waist.
- It is considered a bad omen to cut trees from the clump Nang Thani inhabits. Offerings are made to Her in the form of sweets, incense sticks and flowers. Often people also tie a length of colored satin cloth around the trunk of the banana tree believed to be haunted by Her. The Kluai Thani type of banana trees do not belong to the cultivated varieties. Owing to their connection with ghosts, people prefer not to have them growing near their homes and they are not found within village compounds. However, clumps of this tree are found not far from inhabited areas, often at the outskirts of villages or at the edge of cultivated fields by the roadside. They look very much like average banana trees, but their fruits are not edible. Their leaves are commonly used in Thailand to wrap locally produced sweets and the inflorescence for the treatment of ulcers in traditional medicine.
- Legends of the Thai oral tradition say that Nang Thani may harm men, especially those who have wronged women, but She is mostly considered benevolent. Nang Thani generally has a gentle disposition, and some legends recount that She may give alms and food to passing Buddhist Monks. Amulets featuring Nang Thani are popular and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. To this day, village people still tie lengths of colored silk around the trunks of the banana trees reputed to be haunted by Nang Thani.