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Burmese Alabaster Nat Spirit

Burmese alabaster Nat Spirit
Height: 30cm
Width: 20cm
Depth: 20cm

Teak Wood Burmese Nat Figure Known As Min Mahagiri
Burmese Teak Wood Nat Spirit Known As Min Lay 19th - 20th Century

Burmese Teak Wood nat Spirit Min Lay
Height: 70cm
Width: 23cm
Depth: 17cm
Weight: 6.45 Kg.

Manotethiha Burmese Mythological Creature

Burmese Alabaster Mythological Creature Manote Thiha
19th Century
Height: 34.5cm
Width: 20.5cm
Depth: 20.5cm

Burmese Marble Nat On Horseback

Burmese Marble Nat on Horseback
19th - 20th Century
Height: 48cm
Width: 46cm
Depth: 16cm
Weight: 19.1 Kg.

Burmese Mandalay Teak Wood Deva Nat

Burmese Teak Wood Deva nat
19th - 20th Century
Height: 105cm
Base Diameter: 21cm
Weight: 12.9cm

Pair Burmese Lion Guardians - Chinthe 19th Century

Pair Burmese Lion Guardians - Chinth
19th - 20th Century
Height: 22cm
Width: 14.5cm
Depth: 18.5cm
Weight: 8.55 Kg.

Burmese Teak Wood Nat Called Maung Nyo

Traditional Burmese Teak Wood Nat Spirit known as Maung Nyo
19th Century
Height: 69cm
Width: 30cm
Depth: 13cm
Weight: 3.5 Kg.

Antique Burmese Nat Spirit

Burmese Wooden nat Spirit
19th Century
Height: 67cm
Width: 20cm
Depth: 17cm
Weight: 3.85 Kg.

Burmese Hollow Lacquer Monk Statues18th - 19th Century

Burmese Hollow Lacquer Monk Statues 19th Century
Height: 39cm
Width: 17cm
Depth; 20cm

Burmese Teak Wood Nat Spirit Me Win Na

Burmese Teak Wood Nat Spirit - May Wunna 19th - 20th Century #510a Heigh: 76cm Width: 24cm Depth: 16.5cm Weight: 8.15 kilo

Articles On Deva And Nat Worship - Burmese Nat Worship - Nat Spirit Min Gyi

Burmese Nat worship - Nat spirit Min Gyi
Height: 55cm
Width: 20cm
Depth: 16cm
Weight: 5.3 kg.

Burmese Nats | Deva Spirits

Burmese Nats | Deva Spirits

Burmese Nats | Deva worship  – In Myanmar the main belief system today is Theravada Buddhism, although there is still a strong following in animist beliefs or spirit worship, and is evident in temples, pagodas, homes and shrines in many villages throughout Myanmar.

During the reign of King Anawrahta between 1044 – 1077 A.D., in the Pagan era, animism and Nat or spirit worship was popular with the people of Myanmar.  King Anawrahta after his conversion to Buddhism by a Mon priest decreed that the Theravada School of Buddhism be the main form of worship and that Nat worship should be banned he then ordered the destruction of all shrines and statues related to Nat worship.

Failing to stamp out Nat worship he decided to adopt and formalize a group of Nats which are now referred to as the pantheon of 37 Nats which until current times co-exist and are worshiped alongside Buddhism.

The 37 Nat spirits chosen by King Anawrahta are representative of people who once lived, all with different attributes, some bring good luck, some are considered angelic and some are bad. He named Thagyamin as the head Nat or king of Nats. Thagyamin incorporates elements of both the Buddhist deva Sakra and the Hindu deity Indra.

The 37 Nats are made up of main Nats and lesser nats, all with their own history and stories relating to people or mythological animals with whom they represent.  Nat and spirit worship in Myanmar is intertwined with Buddhism and it plays an important role in the lives of many Myanmar people.

Each year there are special days and festivals held specifically to honor and celebrate the Nats.

Burmese Nats | Deva Spirits

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