One of the greatest mysteries in Thailand surrounds the existence of Tree Women known as Naree Pon or Makalipon. Naree Pon are like fruit Faeries, females with perfect form and great beauty but miniature in size.
After the Nareepon flowers blossomed, bunches of Naree Pon would be formed. In 4 days they would drop from the tree and could talk, dance and sing. In just 7 days they would die and start to shrivel until eventually becoming about the size of a person’s hand. Legend states that Nareepon trees will exist until the World no longer has a single person following the teachings of the Lord Buddha.
Perhaps the 2 most famous Naree Pon are the ones kept by Luang Pho Jarun at Wat Ampawan In Singburi. These Nareepon tree women have undergone extensive tests showing that they contain the heart, lungs and other internal organs but no bones. The 2 Naree Pon in our photograph are kept by Phra Ajarn Dton in Chiang Mai. One of the figures looks to us more like a male but with the high number of Ladyboys and Thai Katoeys in Chiang Mai perhaps we should not be so surprised.