Sudsakorn (Thai: สุดสาคร; rtgs: Sutsakhon) is a fictional character in Sunthorn Phu's story Phra Aphai Mani, written in Thailand during the Rattanakosin period. Sudsakorn, the son of Phra Aphaimani and a mermaid, was born at Ko Kaeo Pisadan (เกาะแก้วพิสดาร, Magical Island) without ever having seen his father. His adventure begins after he grows up and begins to seek after him.
At Ko Kaeo Pisadan, the mermaid Mad Pra Aphai Mani gives birth to Sudsakorn. He is reared and cared for by a hermit who helped rescue his parents from the phee ser sa mut.
The boy decides to begin a quest in search of his true father, and begs the hermit to teach him martial arts in order to protect himself from the dangers that would happen along the way. The hermit does so, and also gives Sudsakorn a special gift, a flying horse-like creature called Mar Nin Mang Korn (ม้านิลมังกร, jet dragon horse), to shorten his journey. After Sudsakorn and this creature leave the magical island they were lured and into a haunted island by ghosts and become lost. They fight for several hours and escape various threats.
Later on in their journey they encounter a nudist who steals Mar Nin Mang Korn and attempts to kill Sudsakorn by pushing him over a cliff. Sudsakorn unexpectedly survives the fall and set out to retrieve Mar Nin Mang Korn. He hunts down the nudist and engages him successfully in combat. Sudsakorn is so successful that it draws the attention of the king, who decides to adopt him.
Time passes and Sudsakorn, having grown bigger and stronger, decides to continue his quest to find his father, with the help of his newly acquired brothers. They board ships to follow Sudsakorn out to sea. In middle of the second journey, a large group of giant butterflies suddenly attack them and capture Sudsakorn’s brothers and carry them off to an island. Sudsakorn follows the butterflies to the island and kills them all, rescuing his brothers, and finally discovering his long-lost father in the process.
The story of Sudsakorn in popular media
- The Legend of Sudsakorn, a 2006 Thai live-action fantasy film.
- Sudsakorn, a 3D computer graphic animated TV series on channel 7 beginning from 2002.
- The Adventure of Sudsakorn, a 1979 Thai animated film.
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- Sudsakorn. (2016, January 31). Retrieved from Gottoknow: https://www.gotoknow.org/posts/519737
- Qilin, a similar horse-like dragon in Chinese mythology.