Mat Chinoi

Malayan - A supernatural being. He is regarded as the chief of a race of beings who live in trees and flowers and act as messengers for the supreme being, Tak Pern. He is envisaged as a huge snake in whose body there are many beautiful female chinoi supervised by a male chinoi, known as Halak Ghimal, who sits on Mat Chinoi's back. To claim a bride, a male must pass successfully through a curtain of opening and closing mats made by Mat Chinoi for Tak Pern, and then through a tobaccobox with a lid that is always opening and closing. In some lore, occasionally known as Mat Chinoi.

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