The Nariphon is a tree in Buddhist mythology that bears fruit in the shape of demure women with their heads attached to the tree branches. It grows in the Himaphan, a mythical forest where Gandharvas or heavenly beings cut the fruits and take them home.
Buddhist mythology tells the story of the God Indra creating a pavillion where Vessantara Jataka (one of the most popular apad?nas of Theravada Buddhism), his wife Maddi, and two children live. However, whenever Vessantaras wife would collect fruits in the forest, she was in danger of being attached by hermits or Yogis. In response, Indra created 12 Nariphon trees, which bore fruits in the image of Vessantaras wife.
The men would then take these fruits and make love to them, after which theyd fall asleep for four months and lose their powers. According to Thai folklore, the trees still bear this strange fruit long after Vessantara and his family have died.
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