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RELIGION & MYTHOLOGY

  

 

 

  crocodile-shaped makara

 

Myanmar

A crocodile-shaped makara handrail at a pavilion on the compound of the Mahazedi Pagoda in Bago (fig.).

 

This aquatic creature symbolizes water and abundance, and is usually found on the balustrades of temple buildings, yet the makara may also take other reptile-like forms (fig.).

 

  crocodile-shaped makara