http://www.dharmathai.com/ramakian/2008/07/hanuman-yes.htmlWednesday, July 16, 2008
Hanuman is a white humanoid monkey (a kind of albino) - he has a very special recognition point; in the middle of the roof of his mouth is a crystal fang.
He has the supernatural ability to change form and have 4 faces and 8 arms.
He can yawn and bark, and starts and moons are ejected. His weapon is the Dtrii Paetch (short trident, which he uses when receiving Yaks of high importance). He is extremely able and agile - he has the ability to disappear. He is the hertbeat of “Kong Grapan” magick, even when he is killed by deadly weapons, after a while he begins to come to his senses and comes back to life.
Hanuman is the Son of the Angelic Deities / Consciousnesses, “Phra Paay, and “Naang Sawaaha”. Naang Sawaaha was cursed by her mother, and was left alone in the barren realm, Phra Isworn (Shiva), ordered Phra Paay to take Phra Isworn’s weapon and throw it into the mouth of Naang sawaaha. Naang Sawaaha became pregnant from this, and gave birth to an albino that flew out of Naang Sawaaha’s mouth and hovered in the air!
He was named “Hanuman”, and it is believed that Phra Paay is his Father, because of this legend.Hanuman was a major character in theRamakian/Ramayana, because of his great self sacrifice in lending his services as monkey general of Phra Ram’s (Rama) Army, and ending the war virtually singlehandedly with all his superhero-like feats.
“ลอยอยู่ตรงพักตร์ ชนนี รัศมีโชติช่วงในเวหามี กุณฑล ขนเพชรอลงการ์ เขี้ยวแก้วแววฟ้า มาลัย หาวเป็นดาวเดือนระวีวร แปดกร สี่หน้าสูงใหญ่ สำแดงแผลงฤทธิ์ เกรียงไกร แล้วลงมาไหว ้พระมารดร”Hanuman is assumed to be immortal and invulnerable (he was resurrected from the dead once in the Ramakian). The reason for his immortality being, that he is the son of Phra Paay (the wind/air God), and so, whenever he is killed and lays dead on the floor, it only requires a breath of wind to blow upon him and he is revived miraculously through the power of his Father “Phra Paay”.
Hanuman is also renowned for his powers of being able to expand his body to giant size, and also to stretch his tail to incredible lengths (like in the story where he uses his tail to bridge the ocean to Langka)
Hanuman’s role in the Ramakian;
Hanuman has many roles and many character traits are displayed in the various stories about this simian superhero, which enthrall, and capture the hearts of his audience.In Hindu India, monkeys are generally revered and respected because of hanuman’s role in the Ramayana, and many “monkey temples” are to be found in every town.Humanoid Monkeys generally tend to play a role as soldiers in Phra Ram’s army, hanuman being Phra ram’s commanding general. Hanuman has been incorporated into various belief systems spreading across the Far East and South East Asia, from India to Bali, over China to Japan.
He is to be found in many myths and legends (apart from Ramakian).
From the Thai point of view, hanuman is a hero figure, brave and able, both clever, and physically agile.
He was used in olden times in Thailand as the mascot of the Gabee Tuch Pennant (ธงกบี่ธึช) when entering into battle.Hanuman is often used in the building of edifices, ad of course, for protection in Sak Yant tattoo.
Especially in the Khone theater, which depicts mostly scenes from ramakian, Hanuman seems to attract more interest than any other character in the story; especially from children! Because Hanuman is a figure with a personality that stands out more than anybody else - he wears white, has white fur - shrugs heavy attacks off with a laugh..absolutely invincible.Hanuman may be really the first Superhero of history.He is a master of the dancing arts, with such a gracious way of behaving and speaking….wherever Hanuman appears, he is center stage.
Hanuman became Phra Ram’s commanding General, by volunteering for duty and prepared to sacrifice his life, with no expectation of any reward, and no promise from Phra Ram of any recompensation of any sort!Whatever m ission Hanuman recieved from Phra ram, however difficult, tiring or impossible it seemd; whether it was to fly and lift a mountain with herbs on it (needed to heal Phra Laksaman and Phra Ram, or to go steal the chariot of the sun. If you compare Hanuman to other faithful servants of Phra ram, like Pipaek or Sukriip, you will have to admit that Hanuman has to labour more and suffer more toil, especially considering the fact that Phra Ram offered no reward, and that Phra Ram had never helped Hanuman in any way before this time. Hanuman’s greatest toil and strugle, the mission with the most danger, where Hanuman sacrificed his self the most, where he must have felt down the most, was the chapter where “Hanuman offers the Ring”