The Legend Of Snake Rock In Naka Cave

Grace Higgins | September 3rd, 2020

Naka Cave is found in Phu Langka National Park in Thailand, and in Thai it means snake. There is a real reason for this, the cave looks like a giant snake. The texture of the stones appears to resemble the scaled skin of a snake. Over the years there have been hundreds of articles publishing fake news about Naka Cave. Some try to show that the rock formation really is the fossils of a giant snake. However, when you look into it carefully you find that the photos they use are actually from a different rock formation in Laos.

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According to Buddhist lore, nagas are half human and half serpent beings that reside in the afterlife but sometimes take a human form to walk on Earth. Legend has it that the protect water and will live by damp caves at a water’s edge. Folklore has it that two naga kings slithered through northeastern Thailand creating the famous Mekong River. Which today is part of the Phu Langka National Park.

Naga Cave has a very important role in Buddhism because in Buddhist mythology snakes are supposedly creatures sent by the gods. Snakes can be regarded as guardians or as spiritual gateways, meaning they have historically been seen as a symbol of power and strength. You can find many statues of Buddha sitting on a curled up cobra. As a result, if you ever do find the joy of visiting the cave, you will find many decorations and paintings of Buddha inside.

Many people have suggested the strange rock patterns are the ancient fossils of a giant snake. The remains of the largest snake that ever roamed the Earth, known as the Titanoboa. The Titanoboa was a snake that slithered around during the Paleocene era, it is estimated they were 42 feet long and weighed over 1,000 tons. However, while these snakes were indeed massive creatures it is thought they only grew 2 feet wide so that wouldn’t explain the cave.

Most historians today believe it was humans that carved the patterns into the cave, a sort of pattern homage to the mythical serpents.

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