Shin U Pagok (ရှင်ဥပဂုတ္တ, ရှင်ဥပဂုတ်)
Burmese. Name of a Buddhist
deity, that is worshipped especially in
Myanmar, and who is believed to guard and have
authority over water. He is called upon to protect seafaring people, as well as
to ask for rain or alternatively, to stop the rain. He is usually portrayed in a
half lotus position, with his head
slightly tilted up, as if looking at the sky, and sometimes with a halo and
alms bowl in one hand, while putting
the fingers of his other hand into the bowl, a
normally refers to eating from
an alms bowl. He is often located in a shrine
nagas, the guardians of earthly waters (fig.),
and built directly over water (fig.).
Shrines with his statue can therefore be found built in major water reservoirs,
such as Inle Lake (fig.).
In some ways, this deity is comparable with
Mazu, the Chinese goddess of the sea (fig.).
Also transcribed Shin U Pagoke, sometimes referred to as Shin Upagot, Shin
Upagote or Shin Upagutta (fig.), and in Thai called
and compare with the nat
U Shin Gyi