Thai Mythology as we know it today is based on diverse stories, traditional beliefs, and oral folklore, having a solid regional background as it is coined from the age-long culture of the Thai people.
Thai mythology existed even before the arrival of the Buddhist religion. The Thais believe that the Than spirit was the first spirit ever to create everything; it is known as the spirit of the sky. Before then, the earth was void, with no humans, plants, or animals; neither was there sun or moon. The folk beliefs are always handed down from generation to generation.
Thai Mythology speaks of the Holy God – Garuda – whose responsibility is to pilot the affairs of the Universe (otherwise known as the Third generation) where we are. The Garuda is said to be the best god to have ruled over the people of Thailand. The Garuda image has been adopted, even today, by Thailand as their national symbol – known as the Phra Khrut Pha, meaning “Garuda, the vehicle (of Vishnu).”
There are four known deities in Thai mythology, and they are known as Nang Kwak, Phosop, Kuman Thong, Phi Fa. This affirms the existence of other deities spoken of in the myths and legends of the Thai people, some of which include Nang Kwak, Phosop, Kuman Thong, Phi Fa, Kuman Thong.
Thai Mythology is also characterized by the existence of various spirits and ghosts, which have great significance in the placement of the mythology of the Thai people as one of the most important in the world. It may not be well-known worldwide or spoken of quite widely, but the rich heritage of its mythology is preserved. This is seen in the design of its worship temples, the national symbols, oral literature, and written documents.