To The Naga’s Protection


“The Naga will protect you, Laang Chaai.”

“Yes, Yaai,” the boy swallowed tears and nodded to his grandmother. Even at his tender age he knew that his Yaai’s love would not be enough. Her body bent over like a broken bamboo, the shape of rice-paddy work even with no paddy to bend over.

The wrinkled hand touched boy’s head, devastated to give up her laang chaai. His mother had died in childbirth, yet she never thought of her grandson as an orphan. Till today.

The monks will raise him now.

“Khawp khun khrap” the boy bowed, palms together over heart.


For Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers

Photo prompt: © David Stewart


Naga – semi-divine dragon-serpents in Thai culture which possess supernatural powers and are the patrons of water

Laang Chaai – grandson

Yaai – grandmother

khawp khun khrap – thank you (when said by male)

26 thoughts on “To The Naga’s Protection

    • Yes, and for both of them, not much of a choice as to WHAT happens, but as in HOW they have it happen and what they make of it. … Thank you for the comment, Niel! So many have had to make similar choices over the millennia – and some still do. It cannot be any less heartbreaking.


    • Thank you, Susan! Yes, such a difficult decision and one so many in the world still have to do, these days, under duress and conflict, war and despair, and all manner of impossible choices. Glad you liked it, and welcome aboard!

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    • Thank you, Keith! I remember seeing young children in monk school and learning about some of them who live in the monasteries from a young age, some are orphans, many are not. I thought of it when I saw the photo, and of the decision these may entail.

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    • Thanks, Rochelle! That photo evoked memories of my visit in Thailand, and I was thinking of the photos of children in monk robes, some of whom live in the schools, some of them orphans (certainly not all). That, along with the realities of orphans and children whose families cannot care for them or need to send them away – for their own survival – which we all know too well about … were evoked by this photo.
      Glad to pop into FF!

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