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RELIGION & MYTHOLOGY

  

 

 

  Sumedha

 

Myanmar

 

 

The story of Sumedha is widely celebrated in Myanmar, where he is usually depicted as a Burmese hermit or tapathi (fig.), laying flat on his belly in worship of the buddha Dipankhara (fig.), usually while presenting him with an offering of flowers, often in the presence of his wife-to-be Sumidha (fig.), yet here while holding an oil receptacle, which is likely an allusion to Dipankhara, whose name means ‘Lamp bearer’ (fig.) and whom pledged the hermit that he will one day become a buddha.

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  Sumedha