The curse of king naresuan the untold history of an ancient thai sword ritual e1546203254577

The curse of King Naresuan

After his coronation in 1590 AD, King Naresuan restructured the defensive forces of his kingdom. On his behalf a group of paramilitary free warriors (PAHUYUTH) was asked to defend the country in case of an invasion and to fulfill covert operations.

By this group of PAHUYUTH warriors a new DAB (sword) style was developed and secretively passed on among the descendants of this style. Its name is DAB NARESUAN, also known as „Sword of Ayutthaya“.

As the indirect founder of this sword fighting style, King Naresuan has been worshipped and recognized as a sword teacher (Kru) ever since.

Ram Daab – traditional sword dance

After the kings death the custom was established amongst the swordsmen and women of DAB NARESUAN to visit the kings statue, whenever they are nearby in order to pay their respect with a traditional sword dance (Ram Daab).

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It is said, that a sword dance from those who are not worthy, or not capable of presenting the true legacy of King Naresuans followship, is equal to an insult (lese majesty).

These people would suffer the wrath of King Naresuan and die within 48 hours.

Only a superstition?

For many Westerners this may seem like a superstition, but the existence of this curse is a commonly known fact amongst Thai swordsmen of all kind.

Only the fewest Thai sword practicioners ever had the courage (and the knowledge) to perform this very old ritual by the kings feet and to survive the curse: THE CURSE OF KING NARESUAN

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