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  Burmese Buddhist Wheel of Fortune

 

Myanmar

A Burmese Buddhist Wheel of Fortune inside the Shwe Mawdaw Pagoda (fig.) in Bago, with small paddle boats, each with the name of a disease or ailment, circling a larger boat at the center.

 

Visitors can gain merit by making balls from paper money, which they aim to throw into a passing boat of their choice, representing the ailment that troubles them.

 

  Burmese Buddhist Wheel of Fortune

 

  Burmese Buddhist Wheel of Fortune

 

When successful at this game that aspires health enhancement, i.e. having thrown the money successfully into the paddle boat of choice, it is assumed that the specific corresponding ailment will pass away and health will be restored.