Concept

Sudsakorn

Summary
Sudsakorn (สุดสาคร, , sùt.sǎː.kʰɔ̄ːn) is a fictional character in Sunthorn Phu's story Phra Aphai Mani, written in Thailand during the Rattanakosin period. Sudsakorn, the son of Phra Aphaimani and a mermaid, was born at Ko Kaeo Phitsadan (เกาะแก้วพิสดาร, Magical Island) without ever having seen his father. His adventure begins after he grows up and begins his quest for his father. The story incorporates much of the hero's journey narrative archetype. Synopsis On a magical island called "Ko Kaeo Phitsadan" (เกาะแก้วพิสดาร), a mermaid gives birth to a child named "Sudsakorn" (สุดสาคร) which means "the edge of the sea". The boy is reared by an old and wise hermit who eventually helps his mentee rescue his father from a yakṣī called "Nang Phisueasamut" (นางผีเสื้อสมุทร). The boy soon begins a quest for his father, Phra Aphaimani (พระอภัยมณี), and so he begs the hermit to teach him martial arts to protect himself from the dangers along the way. The hermit does so and also gives
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