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Bago Medaw

Bago Medaw (Burmese: ပဲခူးမယ်တော်, IPA:  or နံကရိုင်းမယ်တော်, IPA: ; also known as the Buffalo Mother or Lady Buffalo) is a Burmese nat commonly venerated in the vicinity of Bago, although worship is seen throughout Lower Burma.[1] Bago Medaw is depicted as a maiden wearing a water buffalo skull, representing a female buffalo named Nankaraing, that nursed the traditional founders of Hanthawaddy (now Bago), two brothers named Thamala and Wimala.[2][3] She is believed to be a goddess of the Mon people, representing the Mon cultural identity and the history of Bago, which was once the Mon capital of Hanthawadi.[4][5]

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  1. ^ http://www.michaelbackmanltd.com/296.html
  2. ^ Verlag, Nelles (1998). Myanmar (Burma). Hunter Publishing. p. 100.  
  3. ^ http://www.sstmyanmar.com/myanmar_NAT_Festival.html
  4. ^ South, Ashley (2003). Mon nationalism and civil war in Burma. Psychology Press. p. 62.  
  5. ^ http://www.teol.lu.se/indiskareligioner/conference04/13996670/panel1berglie.pdf
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