Scene4 Magazine Arts and Media: Arts of Thailand-"Lilit Pra Lor"

by Janine Yasovant

คลิกเพื่ออ่านบทความนี้ เป็นภาษาไทย

Lilit Pra Lor is a very old tragedy. Thai literature was well praised by the literary class in the reign of King Rama the Sixth.  At that time many Thai intellectuals agreed that Pralor was one of the most fascinating poems—it was said that all 600 verses were rhymed so beautifully beyond anything seen before Even Thai dance artists used the poetry to create stage performances. And many painters created works based on it.

The author is unknown, but a study revealed that this literature was written in the early Krung Sri Ayutthaya dynasty period (the reign of the King Narai Maharaj). At that time, the Ayutthaya empire was friendly with European countries especially France. Many ambassadors and diplomats were sent to Europe. The poem even refers to Western flintlock-weapons and was written specifically for the entertainment of the king and the royal family.

The first part of this story describes the physical appearance of Pra Lor, the married prince who had inherited the throne from his father, the king of the Man Suang Empire. The rumor was spread to many empires including Srong, the adversary empire. The king of Srong has two young and beautiful princesses, Pra Puen and Pra Paeng.


Both princesses were frustrated and upset because they would like  with Pra Lor to be a lover  although he was married. With the help of their female servants, Nang Ruen and Nang Roi, both princesses went to ask Phu Chao Saming Prai, the dark magician, to cast magic spells for them to lure Pra Lor and his two male servants out of the palace. Then Nang Ruen and Nang Roi brought Pra Lor to the royal residence of the princesses secretly. Moreover, both Nang Ruen and Nang Roi also have lovers (the servants of Pra Lor).

The erotic narration captivated readers with beautiful prosody and rhymes of Lilit literature, teasing with passionate feelings. Normally Lilit was written to give encouragement in war times but this story involved the use of dark magic for gaining love.

You will feel nostalgic when you come back to read the love story about two young princess who are obsessed with love and lust—they are from a noble family and they heard a beautiful rumor , people talk about a handsome prince by singing a stunning lyric

The rumor stated that the image of Pralor looks similar to the God Indra, The villagers sang with many kinds of the instruments with songs to make two princesses  awaken from sleep. They fall deeply in love with him..

The princesses ask their servants about the rumor "Yor Yod Pralor." Do you hear the tale about Pralor?  When the servants said nothing, one of the princesses asked: Do you sleep? Pleased do something to advance our cause. This was the reason the two servants went to the magician.

The magician lived in a cave; the villagers called him Phu Chao Saming Prai. He created a spell for them in the form of a song The 'charmed' song fromthe two princesses was sent to Pralor's  palace , This magic made him fall madly in love with two princesses.

Before Pralor left his palace, he told his mother the truth about his love for the two princesses and said he had to meet them. His mother forbade him to go. But he went anyway disguised as one of his soldiers.

Finally, the magic brought them to Pra Puen and Pra Paeng palace .


There is a highly erotic scene in Pralor with the two princesses, the two servants and two soldiers who followed the prince

The prince and the two princesses embrace each other. They feed each other with their lips. It tastes like "juice from heaven." Their arms around each other, their young and bright faces next to each other, bodies to bodies. The lovers enjoy this new taste of lust, losing themselves in their craving. The flower is opening its petal.

They sing to each other—'Bathing in a pond in heaven is not good as in your pond .Your fresh pond is so smooth. It is very enjoyable in your pond. The fish are happy and jump to touch the lotus. The bank of the precious pond is amazing. It is nice and clean. Even the hill of heaven cannot compare with it. I am so lucky to have an opportunity to see your golden breasts.'


The epilogue of the story is tragic: the grandmother of the two princesses commands the soldiers to capture Pra Lor, her granddaughters as well as the servants. In the end, Pra Lor, the two princesses and the servants die together, their bodies struck by arrows. Both princesses were embraced by Pra Lor who was still standing after his death. The moral of the story taught us that a sexual relationship alone will not sustain life, though no one can avoid it.

In June 2009, The Patravadee Theater revived the poem in a stage performance enititled, "Ror Rak Lilit Pra Lor." The performance was directed by Patravadee Meechudhon and conducted by Anan Nangkong and Anothai Nitipho, featuring the world-class violinist, Kyle Dillingham. The production will tour many provinces in Thailand and many countries in this year.

Paintings by Chakraphan Posayakrit


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