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Keinari and Keinara

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 Meg

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Chin Thay

Chin thay (Burmese for ‘lion’) are mythological lion-like creatures (leogryph) that can be seen standing guard at the entrances of pagodas, cities and other important places. Chin thay are sometimes full-body lions but more often they have the rear half of a lion with their front half taking the

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Where the Bronze Buddha Begins

Bronze casting has been a traditional form of art in Myanmar for centuries. In historical times, bronze was used to make musical instruments and essential household goods as well as religiously significant items. Today, Mandalay remains to be the home of many workshops where the countless bronze Bud

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CULTURE: Images of the Buddha

The most commonly seen Buddha image depicts the Buddha in a seated posture with the fingers of his right hand touching the earth, symbolising calling the earth to witness victory over Mara, the manifestation of evil. The postures of other seated images include the Buddha with the hands folded on the

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