Articles Nat | Cult Worship Burma
In Myanmar/Burma every year on the 5th Lunar month of Wagaung (August) the “Taungbyone Nat Festival” is held in a small town close to Mandalay on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River to appease and honor the Nats.
During this period the monsoon rains reach the upper part of Myanmar and the river is full stretching from bank to bank, a sight not normally seen during the dry season. It is a festive occasion with loud music (ouch) and lots of colourful food, not to mention the colourful variety of people attending the festival.
Offerings of food, sweets and fruits are made to the Nats and Deva asking them to fulfill any type of wish such as good luck, prospects for a good marriage, business success, health of the family and almost anything you can imagine or wish for.
Nat | Cult Worship Burma
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