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Amazing Poems that capture the essence of Thailand.

Poetry is one of the most popular art forms in Thai history. Let’s know more about some of the poems that capture the spirit of this great nation.

Thailand is known for its own great history and rich cultural heritage. Thailand is considered a great mix of old and new, traditional ideas and westernization. Poetry is one such art form that has very limited western influence. Poetry is always popular amongst people throughout history. Many great Thai King’s were known to be great poets. So, let’s look at some of the amazing poems that capture the essence of this great nation.

PhraAphai Mani.

One of the most popular and epic poems of Thailand, PhraAphai Mani, is said to be completed in the course of 20 years. It was written by Thai national poet, SunthornPhu, who wrote it in 1800, which is considered the longest poem in Thai history. The poem is set in the mystical realm full of supernatural and mystical creatures. The story revolves around a young merman and a female giant. The poem has all the elements of violence, love, betrayal, family, revenge and lastly, magic.

LilitTalengPhai.

The great poem which describes the overthrow of Burmese force from Thailand by great Thai king, King Naresuan. The poem is written by Prince Vasukri, who was the son of mighty Rama I. The literal translation of LilitTalengPhai would be” Defeat of the Mons”. The poem elaborates the immortal story of single-person combat on the elephant by King Naresuan and the Burmese Crown prince. The poem goes on to describe the heroism and presence of mind of King Naresuan. While many historians argue that the account of the battle may be exaggerated but still an important piece of art in Thai history and culture.

Mahachat Kham Luang.

This epic poem is said to have been written in the 1490s by a group of poets. It is said to be written by a group of poets instead of one. The poem spanned thirteen books that narrated the story of the enlightenment of Prince Siddhartha and how he became “Buddha” or the enlightened one. During the Burmese invasion of Ayutthaya, many of the books of the poem were destroyed, so the new books were written again in the 1800s. But because of the absence of the original source, there are many versions of the poem in Thailand today.

So, would you like to read any of these amazing poems that can give you deep insight into the culture and tradition of Thailand?

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