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As you can imagine, this poem takes its inspiration from the Phaya Nak, or Naga king of traditional Lao and Buddhist mythology. A significant part of the inquiry is how creatures considered wise, magical, and beautiful in Asia tend to become horrid monsters in Europe and the Americas, such as the Kinnaly, the dragons, or the Kirin.
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