legendary hong (Pali:
hamsa) is extremely common in Lan Na where there is a considerable
Mon influence whose culture is said to be closely related to this
particular bird. It may also
represent the vehicle of Brahma, one of three deities, thus it may be
connected to Myanmar. In Pali and
Sanskrit Myanmar is known as Brahma
desa, the country of Brahma.
Burmese culture the bird is known as
It is a migratory duck that lives paired in the winter months in the
Bagan area. These ducks choose
mates and stay with them throughout their life and if one dies the other
mate dies of loneliness.
translations this bird is named as a swan or goose and in Brahma's
mythology the hong is the
vehicle of the god Brahma.
tail of the bird is very ornate in
South East Asia which provides the identification.
was extremely fortunate that the original drawing used for the carving
The carving is owned by the Chao-Mae Duang Duen.
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