Thailand Traditional Craft Wooden Frog14310507-6cm-x-4cm $14.00
- Material: Wood
- Style: Southeast Asia
- Width : 6x4 cm
- Culture: Asia ( Thailand )
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HISTORY OF WOODEN FROGS
Thai national culture is a recent creation in that what is considered to be traditional Thailand culture today did not exist in that form more than a hundred years ago.
Frogs play a variety of roles in culture. In ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, frogs symbolized fertility, while in classical antiquity, the Greeks and Romans associated frogs with fertility, harmony, and licentiousness.
In the Kingdom of Thailand, still known fondly to many as the legend-filled Land of Siam, set in the middle of Southeast Asia, there is a rich tradition of folk arts and handicrafts.
One of these crafts, which helps support the residents of a small village and protect their ancient forest, is a hand-carved wooden frog. Carved from the wood of acacia trees, the wooden frog emits a mid-pitched chirping croak when caressed.
The frog is rubbed using a playing stick, which fits gently into its mouth when not in use. Originally created as a simple percussion toy for Thai children. But over time, these wooden croaking frogs were believed to be a source of fortune when their owners rubbed their backs to make a sound before going out to farm or harvest. The belief that the sound of frogs brings wealth and a bountiful rainy season is found in many agricultural societies.