Bago Medaw

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Bago Medaw also known as the Buffalo Mother or Lady Buffalo

Bago Medaw (Burmese: ပဲခူးမယ်တော်, IPA: [bəɡó mɛ̀dɔ̀] or နံကရိုင်းမယ်တော်, IPA: [nàɴkəɹáiɴ mɛ̀dɔ̀]; also known as the Buffalo Mother or Lady Buffalo) is a Burmese nat commonly venerated in the vicinity of Bago, although worship is seen throughout Lower Burma.[1] Bago Medaw is depicted as a maiden wearing a water buffalo skull, representing a female buffalo named Nankaraing, that nursed the traditional founders of Hanthawaddy (now Bago), two brothers named Thamala and Wimala.[2][3] She was subsequently killed by them.[4] She is believed to protect the family and home, and grants wishes to those she favors.[4]

She is believed to be a goddess of the Mon people, representing the Mon cultural identity and the history of Bago, which was once the Mon capital of Hanthawadi.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.michaelbackmanltd.com/296.html
  2. ^ Verlag, Nelles (1998). Myanmar (Burma). Hunter Publishing. p. 100. ISBN 978-3-88618-415-6.
  3. ^ http://www.sstmyanmar.com/myanmar_NAT_Festival.html
  4. ^ a b Ma Thanegi (June 2014). "Spirit worship in Myanmar: The Nat Panthein" (PDF). My Magical Myanmar. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  5. ^ South, Ashley (2003). Mon nationalism and civil war in Burma. Psychology Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-7007-1609-8.
  6. ^ http://www.teol.lu.se/indiskareligioner/conference04/13996670/panel1berglie.pdf[permanent dead link]