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Burmese shaman medicinal amulets - These are amulets kept by the traditional medicine-men or Payawga-Sayar who can cure patients who have been bewitched. In Yaw, Gangaw, Saw, and Kyaw regions of Burma, there are people who are skilled in witch-craft. They have the power to bewitch a person by their witch-craft skills. The bewitched patients are usually sent to local Payawga-Sayar (Witch-doctor) who can cure the patient who has been bewitched by using the super power of these amulets.

 

Burmese shaman medicinal amulets Burmese shaman medicinal amulets

53 grams, 9.8 x 8.3 cm (w x h)

Figure of Rahu., He is a Hindu Demon often depicted only as a head or as a head swallowing the moon.

 

Burmese shaman medicinal amulets Burmese shaman medicinal amulets

54 grams, 7.7 x 10.6 cm

I was advised by a professor who teaches and studies Burmese history and culture that the figure depicts a Zawgy. This is a flying alchemist who seems to enjoy transforming fruits of a certain type of tree into beautiful maidens with whom he likes to spend time with. He uses his magic stick to cause death to the living and resurrection to the deceased. The fruit maidens, after seven days of their existence, just disappear into the thin air.

 

Burmese shaman medicinal amulets Burmese shaman medicinal amulets

71 grams, 8.5 x 9.3 cm

Figure of Rahu.

 

Burmese shaman medicinal amulets Burmese shaman medicinal amulets

53 grams, 8.5 x 9.3 cm

Figure of Rahu again.

 

Burmese shaman medicinal amulets Burmese shaman medicinal amulets

109 grams, 10.6 x 11 cm

Four figures of Rahu.

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