- East Asian (culture)
- Flying (attribute)
- Friendly (behaviour)
The Thai name for the Indian Garuda. The Garuda was a primordial and gigantic bird of both Hindu and Buddhist belief. They have the legs, and bodies of humans with the four arms. They have the head of eagles and four enormous wings. They can be red, green or gold in colour. Born from the gods Vinata and Kasyapa from an egg that took five hundred years to hatch he became a mighty bird. But his father Kasyapa remarried to Nagini and imprisoned Vinata beating her and treating her badly. The Garuda had to ransom his mother by stealing the elixir of immortality from the gods. Then ensued a series of fights between the Garuda and serpentine Nagas. Vishnu was so impressed that he took Garuda as his steed.
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