[The thirty-seven nats] 1. Thagyá nat. 2. Mahágirí 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 -- BurmaClothing & dress -- BurmaDaggers & swords -- BurmaEast Indian lotus -- BurmaShells (Animal)Fans (Accessories) -- Burma
NotesContent: No. 1. [Thagyá nat]
No. 2. Mahágirí nat. One Nga Tindaw, a blacksmith of Yetaung on the Irrawaddy, not far north of Prome, had a son named Nga Tindè and two daughters named Mà Sawmè and Mà Dwé-hlá. Nga Tindè was a man of great strength, said in the Annals of Tagaung to be able to wield a hammer weighing 60 viss (210 lbs.). The noise of his anvil was heard in the king's palace, and the king ordered the valiant blacksmith to be brought before him, but he fled into the jungle. So the king married his sister Mà Sawmè, to whom he gave the title of Thíriwundá, and made her his chief queen, and then persuaded Nga Tindè to return, on a promise of making him a high official. But when Nga Tindè did return he was tied to a jasmine tree (sagábin) and burnt alive. After his death, Nga Tindè became a Nat and has ever since been worshipped with offerings at a yearly festival in December. This Nat is represented standing in Court dress of a high class, with and without the official head-dress, with a drawn sword and fan; supported by three balús on a kneelilng or standing elephants. [p. 45]
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): 86d6eff0-c6df-012f-7726-3c075448cc4b
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