AGE: – 19th – Early 20th Century
CONSTRUCTION: -Teak Wood
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Teak Wood MeWunna Nat Spirit
HEIGHT: – 76cm
WIDTH: – 24cm
DEPTH: – 16.5cm
WEIGHT: – 8.2 kg.
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The myth attached to this Burmese Teak Wood MeWunna Nat Spirit was that of a flower-eating ogress from Mount Popa an extinct volcano.
During the rule of King Anawrahta between 1044 – 1077 AD., the King commanded that Byatta, a Muslim, who became a senior commander in the army of King Anawrahta after being shipwrecked at Thaton, go and fetch fresh flowers ten times daily from Mt Popa.
Byatta, fell in love with Me Wunna and eventually she conceived two sons Min Lay and Min Gyi also known as Shwe Hpyin Nyinaung, meaning brothers, who became two of the 37 official Burmese nats. Me Wunna died of a broken heart after her husband Byatta was killed and her sons were taken away on the orders of the king.
Burmese teak wood Me Wunna Nat spirit also referred to as Popa Me Daw nat is not one of the 37 official nats, nevertheless she is an important nat and is referred to as Popa medaw meaning mother of Popa.