[The thirty-seven nats] 23. Maung Minbyú nat. 24. Mándalé Bódaw nat.
NamesTemple, Richard Carnac, Sir, 1850-1931 (Writer of accompanying material)Griggs, William, 1832-1911 (Printer of plates)
thirty-seven nats, a phase of spirit-worship prevailing in Burma, by Sir R. C. Temple. With full-page and other illustrations.
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1906Place: LondonPublisher: W. Griggs, chromo-lithographer to the king.
Library locationsGeneral Research DivisionShelf locator: *OY+ (Temple, R.C. Thirty-seven nats) (Locked Cage)
TopicsReligion -- BurmaDaggers & swords -- BurmaThronesWind instrumentsWarriors -- BurmaPriests -- Burma
NotesContent: No. 23. Maung Minbyú Nat. He was a prince of Ava and married the daughter of a cavalry officer. He died of an overdose of opium. This Nat is represented as a young man seated on a lotus throne, or on a lotus on a throne, in high class Court dress, playing on a horn or pipe. [p. 66]
No. 24. Mándalé Bódaw Nat, called also Kyet Yók Nat, No. 25. Shwébyin Naungdaw Nat (the elder Shwébyin Nat), No. 26. Shwébyin Nyídaw Nat (the younger Shwébyin Nat). The two Shwébyin were brothers and the sons of a native of India (in the service of King Anawratházaw) by an ogress he met with on Mt. Pópá, whither he had been sent to get certain flowers for the king. They also served under the king and were sent by him to China for the holy tooth-relic from the royal palace there. They returned with the relic and the king erected a pagoda for it, requiring a brick from each of his officers. The two Shwébyin failed to supply a brick each, were killed by being castrated and became Nats. Mandalé Bódaw was the title of a minister of Anawratházaw, who was a Brahman and the guardian of the two Shwébyin. He was killed together with them. He tried to get away on a marble elephant, which he could vivify by placing an enchanted white thread round it, but failed and was captured and killed. All three became Nats.
In this case the Mandalé Bodaw Nat is represented standing on a lotus throne in the full official Court dress of a minister of the king. He bears a sword, and his right hand is in the conventional attitude of preaching. This appears to refer to his dual character as a warrior and a priest. The two Shwébyin brothers are in the Court dress of officials, seated on lotus thrones, and bearing swords in the right hand or in the right and left hands respectively. [p. 52]
Physical DescriptionChromolithographsExtent: Two images on one 37.5 x 26.5 cm page. (Coloured)
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11610752Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b2d252a0-c6df-012f-23a6-3c075448cc4b
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