People from all over Burma assembled at Taungpyone, near Mandalay recently. They came by train?
People from all over Burma assembled at Taungpyone, near Mandalay recently. They came by train from far off places and by bullock carts from cities and villages around fr the yearly festival.
At the approaches to the shrine (pagoda), flower sellers do brisk business. Invariably every visitor takes an offering for the two guardian spirits of the shrine.
Legend has it that when King Anawratha - an ancient ruler of Burma -decided to build a pagoda at Taungpyone, he ordered every person in his kingdom to contribute one brick towards its construction. The pagoda was duly completed, but the King noticed that two bricks were missing. He knew that two of his subjects had disobeyed his orders and asked the people to expose them.
The people produced two brothers, children of a Herculean father, renowned for his bravery and quick wit, and an ogre woman. The two rebels were put to death immediately at the orders of the King.
Burmese people believe that the two brothers then became the guardian spirits of the Taungpyone shrine, and they are remembered every year by the offering of flowers, silken robes and other gifts.