Thai Mythology

The colorful Gods of Thailand

MATCHANU

Thai Guardian Spirit

Also known as Machanu, Macchanu, มัจฉานุ

Fishy Underworld Guardian

He is half-fish and half-deity, which is very handy as he guards the lake leading to the Underworld realm of Patal. In case you were wondering, his top half is a monkey and his bottom half is the fishy bit.

He is featured in the Ramakien epic. Now, we don’t wish to give out too many spoilers, but we can reveal that he is the son of the demon mermaid Suvannamaccha.

During one exciting episode, monkey hero Hanuman attempted to visit Patal, the Thai Underworld. It was guarded by Matchanu who simply would not let him in. One thrilling fight scene later, a tired Hanuman asked who he was fighting.

“I am the son of Princess Suvannamaccha and the famous warrior Hanuman,” proclaimed Matchanu proudly.

“My son!” cried Hanuman.

“Daddy!” cried Matchanu. What a surprise!

Er, sorry. We just gave away the plot twist. Sorry about that.

After an emotional reunion, Matchanu gave his father all the help he needed to enter the Underworld, showing him the secret entrance via the inside of a lotus flower.

Matchanu Facts and Figures

Name: Matchanu
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Machanu, Macchanu, มัจฉานุ

Gender: Male
Type: Spirit
Area or people: Thailand
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Guarding
Area of expertise: Guardian

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Article last revised on May 05, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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