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Naree Pol by bpresing Naree Pol by bpresing
The Naree Pol (aka Makalee Pon) from Thai/Buddhist mythology. I learned about them many years ago on an episode of Ripley's Believe it or Not, and always wanted to do something with them. My (shoddy) memory of that episode described them as girl shaped fruit that come alive when they fall from the tree and lure men to their doom. Although in the research I managed to find they "distract monks from their meditations". Not as exciting.

It was actually very hard to find any information on them at all and much of what I found on the internet is written in Thai or some other language that I can't read. If anybody out there knows where I can learn more about this myth please let me know.
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Casey387 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where might I find this tree? :)
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mscholl21 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
So wonderful!!!
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click07 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Very inspiring. I like a picture that suggests a story. 
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vovano-neapolitano Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
<font><font>зачательная идея!</font></font>
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TheArtofConstantine Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is a brilliant piece of art and def deserves a DD.  Impressive, most impressive.
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PedroSotto Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Saw this a while back in your blog, Daily Peril. Very nice!
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MikeSoto-Photography Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
Amazing work! I love the concept and story behind the illustration.
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Roboworks Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh this is freakin' COOL!
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AmourFonce Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
This.is.amazing. ,3 <3 <3
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Artist
Spetacular, congratulations!
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aquiresville Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Stunning illustration, Bill, just love the lighting that you've used, and the very intriguing myth you've chosen to work with! Bravo!
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TheGurch Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Lovely to look at , great shading too
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islandboy1 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Gorgeous man..I have found such inspiration here today...thank you ;0)
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:iconkperfect:
Kperfect Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ammmmmmmmmmmazing !
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infinitelogan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
google translate? :)
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CyborgCrook Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
What if the only doom would be never wanting to go back any civilization...??? What if they are extremely loving, caring, and completely different from their human counterparts...??? If Only....
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Tolomuco Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
great illumination!!
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Jayar-Jonnz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
This would fit right in with the Alphabeasts project. Are you familiar with it? If not, visit [link]
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CarminePucci Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Artist
so much expressive, cool job!
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Jochi-Pochi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting :D
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Drone2222 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The simple plains and contrasts make this read super well... and that gradient is superb, nice job!
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shoulderfriends Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Filmographer
really nice shapes!
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Wiffles-The-Artist Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love your art style
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MisterHardtimes Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Christ, this is incredible!
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DanielHeard Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Beautiful feel to the whole thing. Is it mostly guache with a touch of Photoshop level corrections, or scanned textures?
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LocustaVampa Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
bum!
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henya66 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds Interesting, your like things like these huh?
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coifishu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great piece! The colors are particularly well-done.
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Lelpel Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous- I only noticed the girls in the tree after the second viewing - I love when that happens ^_^
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lapin-the-lucky Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I think I saw something about them once- it was part of a Buddhist myth, and they were supposed to distract people-mostly bandits and stuff, from finding the Buddha, where he lived in the forest with his wife in one of his lives... and I'm pretty sure there was an element of doom in there. Gr. wish I could remember. but love the composition and style.
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bpresing Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Interesting. Thank you, I hadn't heard that before.
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DavidPerdigon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
I love fruits! ^_^
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MalgorzataArska Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
so beautiful illustration :)
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KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011   Digital Artist
Hi, I've given this a feature over here - [link]
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:iconbpresing:
bpresing Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Why thank you.
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KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011   Digital Artist
:)
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Project-Khmer Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
whoa this is very interesting, i'm buddhist and i've never heard about this myth. I'd like to learn more about it, you did a dope job.
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weroni Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting. I like the colors. It's dark, but also really bright at once;)
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Davy-Art Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
nice!
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SeanPCorwin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
This sounds very familiar and I also remember "doom" playing a part in it...

But beautiful work! It has a decidedly East Indian look about it. Well done.
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hooksnfangs Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
What a beautiful tree!
I'd be distracted from my meditations from them lol
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venkataramana1987 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
he is from india actually
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diegosimone Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Artist
beautiful piece
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LafnLion Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Now you know why girls are sometimes referred to as 'peaches'! ;)
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FelipeChoque Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
BEST TREE EVER
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e11e-k Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
well i love your interpretation of this myth
such an interesting concept
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cheekytenshi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
guess shes all ready for the picking heheheh. I could ask my mom about this myth, she might know a few things about it.
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love the piece! Wish I could tell you more about them, but I'm not sure where you could find it
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steinlo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Wouldn't mind having one of those trees in my yard! Anyway love the lighting there, almost hard to believe its not photoshop work. Either way great job
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GauntNoir Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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