[The thirty-seven nats] 3. Hnamádawgyí nat. 4. Shwe Nabé 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 -- BurmaElephants -- Burma
NotesContent: No. 3. Hnamádawgyí Nat, also known as Shwé Myet-hná Nat, or Golden-cheeks, and Taung-gyí Shin Nat. When Mà Sawmè, as Queen Thíriwundá, heard that her brother was being burnt in the jasmine tree, she rushed into the fire, and all the king could save of her was her head. After death, she and her brother lived in the jasmine (michelia champaca) as Nats at Tagaung, where they did much harm to the people. So the king had the tree felled and thrown into the river. It floated down to Pagán, where it grounded near the Kuppayawgá Gate. It was taken out of the river by Thalakhyaung Min (i.e., Thinlígyaung-ngè of Pagán, 520-529 A.D.), who took it to the Pópá Mountain, where I [Temple R.C.] am assured that their heads in gold are still to be seen. Their festival is in December. This Nat is represented as a woman, standing in Court dress of a high class, sometimes with a nagá (serpent) head-dress, supported by a balú on a kneelling or standing elephant. [p. 45-46]
No. 4. Shwe Nabé Nat. She was born at Mindón and was the daughter of the Sea-serpent (Yénagá). She went to worship at a footprint of Gaudama (Buddha) in the form of a woman. Here she met Nga Tindè, while he was hiding in the jungle, and became his wife. They had two sons, Taungmagyí and Myauk Minshinbyú. She died of grief at her husband's failure to return to her after he had started to visit his sister at Tahaung. This Nat is represented as a girl standing on a lotus throne, in Court dress of a high class, with a nagá head-dress. [p. 46]
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): 8b47c100-c6df-012f-27f1-3c075448cc4b
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