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RELIGION & MYTHOLOGY

 

 

 

  Byatta

 

Myanmar

Statue of U Byatta (fig.), who in life was Byatta, the royal messenger and 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.).