Mae Sue (Thai: แม่ซื้อ) is the guardian goddess and female ghost of infants, one of the benevolent guardian spirits in Thai culture.[1] These female spirits are considered to protect whatever is related to their names. Mae Sue literally means Mother of Buying; when a baby is born it is believed that Mae Sue comes and buys the baby in order to keep it out of the reach of evil spirits. On the other hand, Mae Sue is also believed to be the cause of illness in children.[2]

Lady yakbrisut (ยักษบริสุทธิ์) Tuesday - Pink skin and a buffalo head.

Mae Sue is scarcely mentioned in literature and is mentioned only in a few works about Thailand. Author Lucien Hanks mentions the following local belief from a village she studied in the Central Plain: "The child is not fully human the first three days. This period was under the supernatural control of Mother Su, for babies never died during the first 3 days after birth."[3]

Different regions in Thailand have different views of Mae Sue.


The appearance and character of the Mae Sue depends on which Mae Sue is assigned to each day of the week:[4]

Lady vijitmawan Murals in Wat Pho.
Lady vijitmawan (วิจิตรมาวรรณ) Sunday - Red skin and the head of a singha (female nymph) and a lion.
Lady Wannanongkran Murals in Wat Pho.
Lady Wannanongkran(วรรณนงคราญ) Monday - Ivory skin and a horse's head
Lady yakbrisut Murals in Wat Pho.
Lady yakbrisut (ยักษบริสุทธิ์) Tuesday - Pink skin and a buffalo head
Lady samolthat Murals in Wat Pho.
Lady samolthat (สามลทัศ) Wednesday - Green skin and an elephant's head
Lady Kalotuk (กาโลทุกข์)Thursday - Pale yellow skin and a deer's head
Lady yaknongyao Murals in Wat Pho.
Lady yaknongyao(ยักษ์นงเยาว์) Friday - Pale blue skin and a cow's head
Lady A kalai Murals in Wat Pho.
Lady A kalai (เอกาไลย์”) Saturday - Black skin and a tiger's hea.


All of them wear golden robes.[6][7][8]


Ron Kra Dong( ร่อนกระด้ง)Edit

People put an infant in a threshing basket and say “It has been a child of ghosts for three days. It’s been a child of humans for four days. Who are the parents? Take them.(สามวันลูกผี สี่วันลูกคน ลูกของใคร ใครเอาไปเน้อ)”. They believe after parents hold the infant, Mae Sue will no longer be worrying about the infant.[5]

Jook haircut (จุก)Edit

Parents put clay dolls with different styles of the jook haircut, an ancient Thai hairstyle, near the infant. The infant will be given the hairstyle of the first doll they grab as it is believed that Mae Sue made the infant catch the doll he or she likes.[9] They will have a rite to change the hairstyle again when the girl turns 11 years old and a boy turns 13–15 years old.


  1. ^ "Supernatural World in Thai Culture | Sirinya's Thailand". Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  2. ^ Saran, Shyam, ed. (2018). Cultural and Civilisational Links between India and Southeast Asia. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 72. ISBN 9789811073168.
  3. ^ Poulsen, Anders. (2007). Childbirth and tradition in Northeast Thailand : forty years of development and cultural change. Askerud, Pernille. Copenhagen: NIAS. ISBN 978-87-7694-585-5. OCLC 756868091.
  4. ^ ถนอมวงษ์, ปณิตา.(2016) เล่าเรื่องตำนานแม่ซื้อ ตอนที่ ๑, สมาคมเภสัชและอายุรเวชโบราณแห่งประเทศไทย. [online] Retrieved from (Accessed: 28 March 2018)
  5. ^ a b แม่ซื้อ:แม่ในความเชื่อ เทวดาข้างกายทารก. Retrieved from (Accessed: 28 March 2018).
  6. ^ "วัดโพธิ์ Wat Pho".
  7. ^ "จารึกวัดโพธิ์ : แม่ซื้อ เทวดาผู้คุ้มครองเด็กทารก".
  8. ^ "" แม่ซื้อ " 1 ใน จารึกวัดโพธิ์ มรดกความทรงจำแห่งโลก 2554".
  9. ^ Intangible Cultural Heritage (2013) พิธีโกนจุก, Available at: (Accessed: 28 March 2018).

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