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  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.

 

It is usually found on the balustrades of temple buildings, yet the makara may also take other reptile-like forms (fig.), and in Myanmar it may also represent Nga Moe Yeik (fig.), the giant Crocodile King, which plays a key role in the story of Shin Mway Loon nae Min Nandar (fig.).

 

  crocodile-shaped makara