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Keinari and Keinara

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By Marie Starr , Photos By Phyo Thiha

Mythical Creatures
Mythical creatures from ancient legends are often used as decorative motifs for pagodas or musical instruments. They are the Keinari and Keinara, half-human half-bird; ogres with green skin; the Naga, the water serpent; the Galon, the giant bird; the deer-like Toe Naya; the Meggan, which has the body and snout of a crocodile and an elephant’s trunk; and the Manote Thiha, which has the crest of a lion, a human face and the double hindquarters of a lion. There are also the Pyinsa Rupa, which has a Naga body, a fish tail, horns of a deer, wings of an eagle and trunk of an elephant; and the Byarla, which has parts of nine animals: the trunk of an elephant, eyes of a deer, horn of a rhinoceros, tongue of a parrot, body of a fish, tail of a peacock, ears of a horse, fangs of a tiger and paws of a lion.

a human face and the double hindquarters of a lion.

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