SURIN — With the bi-monthly lottery results coming out Saturday, as of Thursday residents of an Isaan province are turning to fauna-shaped flora for lucky numbers.
Young and old alike flocked to two magically-shaped coconut trees in the northeastern province since Thursday after news spread that leaves on two coconut trees were shaped in the form of the mythical naga serpent.
At Wat Nong Ma in Samrong Thap district, people offered the tree incense, fruit, soda and garlands hoping for extra luck. Some saw the number 47 in the leaves’ lining, others saw 50 or 250.
People also gathered in 65-year-old Mon Aengsook’s house in the same district for a coconut tree with leaves shaped like elephant tusks.
“Right before I found my tree like this, I had a dream I was hugging a woman, but I didn’t think much of it,” Mon said Thursday. “When I woke up and was digging a hole to plant chilies in by the pond, I saw that the coconut tree my son had planted five years ago had a branch shaped like elephant tusks.”
Mon ran to tell his neighbors, and the word spread. Locals hailed to his house to with offerings of incense and betel to rub a bit of luck off the leafy elephant tusks.
According to local animist, Buddhist and cultural beliefs, spotting elephants or seeings signs of naga are auspicious.