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Close-up of the five Buddha images in the Phaungdawoo Pagoda
Myanmar (Burma), Inle Lake, Ywama Village, March 2012

At the page of Elly Merz a nice story is told about these 5 Buddha statues (see http://www.fotothing.com/ellymerz/photo/e65c794211543cb6e6bb18021e68f544/ ).
It is in German; for those not familiar with German I have tried to translate it in English:

"The Phaungdawoo is home of 5 Buddha statues which were donated by King Alaung Sithu. The Pagoda was built with the aim to accommodate these Buddha images.

Then, in 1965, a miraculous event happened when, during the annual Festival, the statues with their celebration barge went down in Inle Lake due to a heavy storm. After the loss of the barge, four of the five statues were quickly found back in the shallow Inle Lake. However the fifth and smallest one was untraceable. When the four remaining statues were brought back to the Phaungdawoo temple of Ywama, they found the fifth statue already waiting for his companions, undamaged but covered with waterplants. Since this "Miracle" of the fifth Buddha returning on its own to the temple, the people of Ywama and its surroundings celebrate the annual Festival festivities with even more religious enthusiasm and sincere dedication. Since 1965 the fifth Buddha statue does not join the annual procession anymore, but remains in the temple as a guardian."
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May 16 2012 07:30 GMT Pea2007
Interesting image Peter.
May 16 2012 07:54 GMT skyball
Most interesting Peter!!!!!.....
May 16 2012 07:56 GMT ellymerz
Reuze bedankt voor de vertaling en de mooie foto
May 16 2012 08:26 GMT ENZO
very interesting
May 16 2012 10:22 GMT clintonfolks
wow.!
May 16 2012 12:48 GMT senna3
Thanks for viewing Peter.
May 16 2012 12:48 GMT senna3
Thank you Geoff.
May 16 2012 12:49 GMT senna3
Thanks ENZO.
May 16 2012 12:50 GMT senna3
Dank je Elly.
May 16 2012 12:50 GMT senna3
Thank you Dave.
May 16 2012 13:07 GMT peterpinhole
Interesting history of events! I thought they looked like cakes in thumb size.
Thanks for comment.
May 16 2012 13:10 GMT senna3
Peter, devotees have covered the Buddha statues with so many gold leaves that they have become "Buddha Gold Lumps"!
May 16 2012 13:13 GMT martini957
Interesting history
May 16 2012 13:28 GMT Lalbabu
A great information Peter & beautiful closeup too!!!
May 16 2012 13:52 GMT senna3
Thank you Nancy.
May 16 2012 13:52 GMT senna3
Thank you Soumen.
May 16 2012 20:07 GMT wijnie58
This is like a gold paradise.....:-))
May 17 2012 07:02 GMT senna3
Very true Wijnie, the whole of Burma is dotted with gold-coloured pagodas and Buddha's!
May 17 2012 07:55 GMT MargNZ
Thank you for the history Peter ... beautiful details in gold and silver .
May 17 2012 08:19 GMT senna3
Thank you Margaret.
May 17 2012 09:23 GMT Bellavista
it was an interesting story Peter, thank you for share it!
May 17 2012 09:41 GMT senna3
Thank you Bea.
May 17 2012 09:47 GMT junne PRO
all religions tell of mysterious stories
May 17 2012 17:04 GMT charlie26
Interesting story and beautiful entry.
May 17 2012 17:08 GMT senna3
Thank you Jacqueline.

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