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Nat Pwe: Burma's Carnival of Spirit Soul

  • 0 10
  • 2004
  • Nonemin

In Burma, many people believe in ghost spirits called NATs. They are said to possess the power to assist or devastate the lives of those who recognize them. A PWE is a ceremony held to appease a Nat. Pwes are arranged daily throughout Burma for many purposes including the achievement of success in business, a happy marriage, or improving one's health. A Nat is summoned through a Kadaw; the flamboyant and charismatic master of the Pwe dressed in elegant costume. The Kadaw is a spirit medium, dancer, storyteller, and magician who exposes the crowd to a living incarnation of the Nat brought forth through opening ritual and careful observance of tradition.

Richard Bishop
Richard Bishop Director, Camera Operator...
Alan Bishop
Alan Bishop Camera Operator
Robert Millis
Robert Millis Camera Operator, Editor

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