Sanskrit-Thai. Name of
one of the eighteen
according to one legend, was a
snake-catcher. He is
as a jolly,
obese figure, carrying
a large cotton sack on his back,
in which he
would put the snakes after they were caught. He would remove their venom and
then release them into the wild, thus exchanging bad for good, a kindness that
allowed him to attain
Enlightenment. He may also be portrayed holding
a fly whisk (fig.) and an incense bowl. In Chinese, he is known as the
literally ‘Cloth Sack’ or ‘Cloth Bag’.
believed to be an incarnation of
and is in Thai known by the names
Ingada (อิงคท) and Ikatoh (อิคะโต). In English he may be
referred to as the Calico Bag
Arhat with a Sack.
Besides this, he is also called Angida and in Thai Angila (อังคิละ), Patoh Haw
Siang (ปโต้ฮั่วเสียง) and nicknamed Phra Thong Phluy (พระท้องพลุ้ย), meaning
‘Fat Belly Monk’. He is associated with the Chinese monk
Mi Le Fo and
Huan Xi Fo (fig.).