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  U Byatta

 

Myanmar

Statue of U Byatta, i.e. a male Burmese spirit or nat, at Mount Popa (fig.), the spiritual abode of the pantheon of nats. In life, he was Byatta (fig.), the trusted lieutenant of King Anawrahta, who was condemned and killed on the orders of the King under some trumped-up charges put forward by his rivals who feared his power. He is portrayed wearing a red Myanmar turban or gaung-baung (fig.) and holding some flowers, conceivably for his spouse, i.e. the flower-eating ogress Me Wanna (Me Wunna - fig.), who later became the nat Popa Medaw (fig.).