Scene of Old Penang
Archive for February 2, 2017
Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3
Hpaung Daw U Pagoda
Surrounding the Pagoda, and in the basement are shops selling traditional Shan and Burmese merchandise.
The pagoda houses five small gilded images of Buddha, which have been covered in gold leaf to the point that their original forms cannot be seen. The gold-leaf application to such excess is relatively recent. Old photographs hanging on the monastery walls show some of the images in a more pristine form. It is reported that some gold has been removed on occasion to reduce its mass. Although the monastery is open to all for veneration, only men are permitted to place gold leaf on the images. Another part of the ritual for pilgrims is to place a small robe or thingan around the images, and to take the robe back to their houses and place it on their own altar as a token of respect for the Buddha and his teachings.
Inserted from Wikipedia by SP Lim