Hidden in Plain Sight: the Nat Images of Myanmar

Sally Jane Bamford
Supernatural beings known as ‘nats’ are widely represented in Myanmar art. Until now they have been a neglected area of research, overshadowed by an academic focus on the country’s Buddhist art and architecture. The research for this thesis analyses why the nats are depicted in particular ways, how this has changed over the centuries, and why they are placed in certain contexts. Close examination of primary sources highlights the disconnect between Western and local understanding...
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