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Nat Tree Shrines in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

By on April 1, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma

One thing I have enjoyed seeing around Yangon were the Nat tree shrines. Some of them appear to be old and to have fallen in to disuse, others are new. What I really like is how the trees ‘consume’ the old ones…. There is something very organic about it…

The Nats are spirits that have been displaced from the land as a result of building work, or turning the land over to farming. The shrine are a way of placating them and giving them somewhere to live. Regular food and drink offerings were given to keep them happy.

The Nats are not part of Buddhism and when Buddhism was being introduced into Myanmar (Burma) some 1000 years ago there was a move to ban Nats and tree shrines were broken up. However this really didn’t take and now Nats worship and Buddhism co-exist.

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