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Lawkananda Zedi (လောကနန္ဒာစေတီ)

Burmese. Joy of the World Pagoda. Name of a Buddhist temple in Sittwe, in Myanmar's Rakhine State, which is famous for a ca. 45 cm tall bronze Buddha image, with a body that is completely covered in countless reliefs of small Buddha images, that are believed to represent his 500 previous incarnations. This image, reminiscent of representations of the Radiating Avalokitesvara (fig.), is claimed to be 2,000 years old. It is seated in the bhumisparsa pose while holding a star-shaped flower with 8 petals in its lap. Copies of this image, both in bronze (fig.) and in other materials (fig.), are today reproduced and can hence occasionally be seen in other places (fig.). There is a pagoda with a similar name in Old Bagan. READ ON.