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Burmese Nats | Deva Statues
Burmese Wood Carving Of Mythological Bird Hintha

Burmese wood carving of mythological Hintha bird
19th Century
Height: 38cm

Burmese Teak Wood Nat Spirit Known As Maung Nyo

Traditional Burmese Teak Wood Nat Spirit known as Maung Nyo
19th Century
Height: 69cm

Burmese Mandalay Teak Wood Deva Nat

Burmese Teak Wood Deva nat
19th - 20th Century
Height: 105cm

Burmese Teak Wood Nat Spirit Me Win Na

Burmese Teak Wood Nat Spirit - Me Wunna
19th Century
Height: 76cm

Manotethiha Burmese Mythological Creature

Burmese Alabaster Mythological Creature Manote Thiha
19th Century

Pair Burmese Lion Guardians - Chinthe 19th Century

Pair Burmese Lion Guardians - Chintha
Height: 22cm

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

Burmese Teak Wood nat Spirit Min Lay
Height: 70cm

Teak Wood Burmese Nat Figure Known As Min Mahagiri

Burmese Teak Wood Nat Figure
Height: 60cm

Antique Burmese Nat Spirit

Burmese Wooden nat Spirit
19th Century
Height: 67cm

Burmese Marble Nat On Horseback

Burmese Marble Nat on Horseback
19th Century
Height: 48cm

Burmese Teak Wood Nat Spirit Known As Min Gyi

Burmese Nat worship - Nat spirit Min Gyi
Height: 55cm

Burmese Nats | Deva Statues

Burmese Nats | Deva SpiritsBurmese Nats | Deva Statues  – 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 and deva 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 Statues

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