Printer-friendly page

Demon changes into a deer to lure Sita (Thai Ramayana mural)

A two image sequence on a mural painted at the Emerald Buddha Temple depicts a demon's intentional transformation into a deer. In the top image, his legs have turned into those of a golden deer. In the lower image, the demon is fully changed into the deer.

Once Ravana decides that he must possess Rama's wife Sita, he conceives a plot to abduct her. Ravana hears that Sita loves deer, so he commands his demon subject Mareet to change himself into a golden deer to which Sita will be attracted. Sita is enchanted by the beautiful deer and she sends Rama into the forest to capture it for her.

<img typeof="foaf:Image" src="" width="683" height="1024" alt="Demon changes into a deer to lure Sita " title="Demon changes into a deer to lure Sita " />
Usage Statement: 

Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

This item has a Creative Commons license for re-use.  The Creative Commons BY NC SA license means that you may use, remix, tweak, and build upon the work for non-commerical purposes purposes as long as you credit the original creator and as long as you license your new creation using the same license. That means that you cannot alter it. For more information about Creative Commons licensing and a link to the license, see full details at