Burmese Ghost

The Burmese Spirit

In Burmese folklore and mythology there are many mythical creatures. Myanmar's new capital. Vindictive ghosts evicted from Delta High School. Expansion of the Burmese army, mistreatment along the border between Kokang and China, leading to a multitude of "ghost villages". Spirit hunt in colonial Burma.

The Myanmar cyclone: Burmese cyclon survivor afflicted by death spirits

On Sunday, more than a weeks after Cyclone Nargis, the corpses still polluted the delta and killed an estimated 100,000 deaths. There used to be twenty towns on the shores of this area. A bosun pointed out the places where they had been standing - here a village of 40 houses, there one of 50.

During the following few day the networks were blocked with corpses and some fisherman kept the fish. Then a bosun recounted the tale of a spook. One man from the city had come back to his home in the hope of finding some of his family. "The bosun said, "I know that a stranger like you will not believe such stories," although he himself obviously had no doubt.

Then he recounted another "spook". We found some of the livestock that survived in a chaotic situation of reeds and muds in a small town at the estuary of the stream, which can only be reached by ferry. We were surrounded by villagers who giggled. They have a contaminated saltwater system and hardly any nourishment.

"We' re drinkin' rainwater. There was a small hamlet with 45 homes in the neighbourhood and the local villagers said that the warden had gone to the next borough to seek help. Prosperous urban dwellers had been expelled from the cities with their four-wheel drives, with face-mask surgery, either against the smell or against the atrophy.

Fabulous beasts in Burmese Folk Music

Its most frequent is the Belu, an orangery. Belu's fame is due to the Yama Zatdaw, the Burmese Ramayana, a very beloved piece in Myanmar, and also their parts in the Jatakas. This is a listing of beings and creation in Burmese mythology:

Bezu - mostly man-eating humanoids that are able to change shape. The Pan-kike Bite - (illuminated florists) Bite with human eaters and flat canines. Panshe Beleu - (illuminated florists ) Bue with bent or hook-shaped teeth that devour plants and fruit. He is a holy man who is often called the prince of hell.

The Zawgyi (mythical) - a supernaturally powerful and often seen with a cane and a scarlet cap. Hamsa, swan-like birds, known as the one with the most pleasing sound; symbols of the Mon tribe, the Mon state and the Bago region. Karaveik - from the Pali "karavika", a birds with a melodic scream.

Newamoeyeik - a giant alligator, and characteristic of Min Nandar and Shin Hmwe Loon, the Burmese counterpart to Romeo and Juliet. Kiev - vicious pangolins or armadillos that can take shape and outwit people in the woods. Kinnara, masculine and Kinnari, feminine - a mixture of man and avian, often depicted as people with feathers in clothes and headgear; associated with the Shan and Kayah states.

The Manotethiha (Manussiha in Pali) - Half man, half Leo. The difference between them and the sphere is that they have two lions' corpses joined to a unique anthropomorph. Newarupa - (illuminated nine bodies); a creation from the fusion of parts of nine different beasts. There is no mythological evidence of these beings.

The Pyinsarupa - (illuminated five bodies); a creation from the fusion of parts of five different creatures, mascots of Myanmar Airways International. Hasin Aung, Maung Folk Elements in Burmese Buddhism.

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