The Main Characters from The Story of Ramakian
These are some of the main characters that can be found in the Thai Epic, “The Story of Ramakian”. We’ve included some additional characters not found in this story, but are seen in some of the stone rubbings we sell in our store.
Phra Ram Exiled King of Ayutaya, incarnation of the god Narai. Recognizable by stylized human face. When he reverts to divine form he is pictured with four arms.
Phra Lak Brother of Ram, incarnation of snake god Ananta Nakarat. In appearance identical to Ram. In panels where they appear together, Lak is always in an inferior (lower) position.
Nang Seeda Ram’s wife, incarnation of the goddess Lakshmi. Daughter of Totsagan and Nang Monto. Distinguishable from male humans mainly by partial exposure of breasts. Indistinguishable from female demons, except that on the rare occasions when they are pictured together she is in a superior position.
ALLIES OF AYUTAYA
Hanuman Son of the Wind, a monkey with great magical powers. As with all the monkeys, distinguishable from the demons by a kind circular cheek pouch. Always shown without headdress.
Palee & Sukreep Sons of the god In and the Sun respectively, and Hanuman’s uncles. King and regent respectively of Keetkin city until Palee’s death, when Sukreep succeeds to the spur.
Ongkot Son of Palee and Nang Monto. His headdress is topped by a bladelike peak.
Dara Wife successively of Palee and Sukreep. Does not appear in panels.
Chompoo Monkey king of Chompoo City. Not identifiable.
Chompooparn A friend of Hanuman.
Pipeck Demon brother of Totsagan. Easy to recognize as the only demon in the Ayutaya camp.
Nilek Monkey general.
Nilapat Foster son of Chompoo. Similar in appearance to Hanuman.
Prakontan A spirit. To be distinguished from monkeys by sharper nose and rounder eyes.
BEASTS AND BIRDS
Sadayu Great bird, friendly to Ayutaya.
Sampatee Elder brother of Sadayu.
Krut Heavenly bird. Enemy of snakes.
Matchanu Son of Hanuman and Supanna Matcha, with monkey body and fish tail.
Batsa Malee Protectress of the city of Mayan. Identicle to all other ladies, except for minor differences in headdress.
Suwanna Malee Sister of Butsa Malee. Does not appear in panels.
Supanna Matcha Daughter of Totsagan and sea goddess. Mother of Matchanu. Head and torso of woman, with tail of fish.
Totsagan King of Longka, incarnation of Nontok, a divine courtior. Wears headdress with many faces.
Nang Monto Totsagan’s wife. Heavenly beauty given to Totsagan by Isuan. Appearance identical to Nang Seeda and all other divine ladies and female demons except for minor differences in headdress.
Intorachit Son of Totsagan and Monto. Similar facially to other demons. Wears headdress with conical peak and spur.
Suwanna Kanyuma Wife of Intorachit. Appearance as for other female demons.
Kumpagan Regent of Longka, brother of Totsagan. No headdress.
Nonyawik & Waiyuwake Nephews of Totsagan. Wearing what appear to be small turbans.
Pan Sahatsa Kuman One thousand sons of Totsagan, each with seven faces.
Dreechada Wife of Pipeck.
Benyagai Daughter of Pipeck and Dreechada. Identical to other females demons and divine ladies.
Wirunyamuk A demon general. Wears small turban.
Sukrasan A demon courtier.
Mareet A demon courtier.
ALLIES OF LONGKA
Maiyarap Demon Lord of the Underworld.
Jantraprapa Mother of Maiyarap.
Pirakuan Sister of Maiyarap.
Waiyawik Son of Pirakuan.
Sahatsadecha King of Pangtan. Demon with one thousand heads and therefore shown wearing many-faced headdress, identical to Totsagan.
Mulplam Brother of Sahatsadecha Wavy-haired, no headdress other that circlet of gold and jewels.
Phra Isuan, Phra Prom, Phra Narai, Phra Witsanukam, Phra In Heavenly gods, listed in approximate order of importance and power. Narai appears as Ram, with four arms holding bow, conch, discus and trident.
Phra Artit The Sun, father of Sukreep.
Phra Pai Wind God, father of Hanuman.
Phra Piroon Rain God.
Baklan In appearance, identical to a demon.
Panurat As for Baklan.
Pee Sud Samut A female monster, guarding the strait of Longka.
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