Wooden Standing Min Mahagiri – WSMM0007
Burma, wooden Min Mahagiri ( Lord of the great mountain ) in late 19th century. He is portrayed wearing his royal garments with a fan in his right hand. Min Mahagiri was a blacksmith named U Tin De who lived in the village of Tagaung. U Tin De was famous as the most powerful man in the kingdom. The king of Tagaung fearing he would raise a rebellion, took U Tin De’s elder sister ( Shwei myet Hna ) as his queen. Still fearing with U Tin De, the king asked his queen to summon her brother to the place so that he might offer him an appointment in his service. When he arrived at the place, U Tin De was seized and at the order of the king, he thrown into a fire burning under jasmine tree. His sister ( Shwei myet Hna ) granted permission to take farewell of her brother, threw herself into the flames. Seeing this the king ordered the flames extinguished, but it was too late to save his queen. Brother and sister now became a nats ( spirits of worshipped ).
The king further ordered that an annual festival Nat Pwe be held in their honor in the month of Nayon with hanging a coconut inside the house. Now burmese people believe Min Mahagiri being a Lord of the great mountain who could protect the house from thieves, dacoits and other enemies.