Nariphon




A tree which bears fruit in the shape of young female creatures is known as a Nariphon, according to Buddhist mythology. The female fruits grow attached by their head from the tree branches in a mythical forest called Himaphan, who are enjoyed by the Gandharvas, who cut them off and whisk them away.

In Buddhist folklore, the god Indra created a Sala for Vessantara as an abode his him, his wife, and children. As his wife went to collect fruits in the forest, she was in grave danger of being attacked by Hermits or Yogis roaming throughout the forest, who had acquired special powers through meditation, Nariphonbut had not quite yet conquered lust. Due to this dilemma, Indra created twelve Nariphon trees which would bear fruit whenever Vessantara’s wife would venture out to the forest, and distract these men from attacking her. The men would take these sweet-smelling, naked girls, who were in the image of Indra’s wife, to their residence. After making love to them, they would fall asleep for months, and upon waking up would loose their powers.

In Thai lore, Vessantara and his family are dead, and the trees bear fruit daily. When fruit grow on the trees, they appear as beautiful young girls that will last for only seven days, which they will inevitably wither away and die, if they are not picked. In divine realms, males and females are forever youthful as there is no suffering, there is no aging. They possess the same internal organs as humans but without bones. The forest, sala, and trees will vanish when Buddha’s teachings have been lost, which is predicted to be roughly five millennia after his death.

Apparently, there are only two Nariphon pods within proximity of the Buddhist temple in Bangkok which hail from the mythical forest of Himaphan. Representations of the Nariphon tree are quite prevalent throughout the Thai culture featured on comic books, amulets, and charms. Folklore tales mention that this tree also grows somewhere in the Phetchabun Mountains.