All that Gold: Mahamuni Paya

Stopped by the Mahamuni Paya on my way to the ancient cities of Iwa, Sagaing, and Amarapura.

It was my lucky day as there was a procession for the ceremonial hair-cutting ceremony for little boys. It was wonderful seeing the people so beautifully dressed in their formal Burmese clothes.
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The children were especially cute.
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The Mahamuni is an important place of devotion to the Buddhist Burmese so it was quite crowded and busy. Fortunately, I had a good motorbike driver/guide who would pull me to see and explain going-ons.

At one corner were large bronze sculptures which people were rubbing their hands on and then rubbing their body parts with. I noticed some would rub the legs of what seemed to beca warrior and rub their own legs too. The statues have a colorful history having been taken by the Rhakainkaeng king from the Thais who took it from Angkor Wat of the Khmer.
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The centerpiece of the Mahamuni is the giant Buddha covered with gold leaf by devotees. Through the years, it has become thicker with all that gold.
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Unfortunately , women can only sit, pray, and stare as they’re not allowed anywhere near it.
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A flat screen tv gives you a close-up,though.
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Apoarently, gold leaf isn’t only for Buddhas. It’s also used to cover walls. Saw this worker applying the thin sheets to a newly painted arc.
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On my way out, bought five small gongs from one of the souvenir shops lining the entrance.

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