Photographer's Note

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Gert wrote to my previous photo:
"I remember seeing a large reclining Buddha in Bago (then known as Pegu) in 1972, but it was obviously not this one."
He probably has seen this one!

By the way: the syllable SHWE is often used for the names of temples and pagodas and means: GOLD

Shwethalyaung Buddha
The Shwethalyaung Buddha is one of the largest reclining Buddha images in Burma. It is housed in the Shwethalyaung Paya in Bago, an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists who come here to pay homage to the Buddha.
The image measuring 55 meters long and 16 meters high depicts the Buddha just before death and entering into Nirvana. The small finger is 3 meters long

The reclining Buddha image is housed in an iron pavilion called tazaung with Italian marble on the floor. On the walls are murals depicting scenes from the Jataka tales, the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha.
On a large pedestal rests a white image of the Buddha with a serene smile wearing a gilded robe, the head resting on a “pillow” of caskets inlaid with mosaics. The soles of the feet are decorated with images representing the 108 lakshanas or auspicious characteristics of the Buddha. Around the Buddha are several guardian Nats, spirits that have been worshipped in Burma for many centuries.
The workshop photo shows the whole statue.

In front of the Shwethalyaung pagoda is another very large reclining Buddha,( my previous photo) the Mya Thar Lyaung, a more recent image out in the open, not sheltered by a temple structure.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ronny Burger (burmaman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 0 N: 320] (1260)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2014-00-00
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-12-14 23:19
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