The Spirit King
Also known as:
Thagya Min is the Nat king and the guardian Nat of Buddhism. He presides over the Thirty-Seven Official Nats and keeps them in line. Thagya Min is Indra in disguise, filtered through the pantheon of Indian Buddhism. (
Indra.) King Anawratha (ruled 1044–1077) declared Thagya Min head of the Nat pantheon. (Whether Nats not included among the official thirty-seven are impressed with this declaration is subject to debate.)
Thagya Min keeps track of all human actions. Every year, he records the names of thosewho perform good deeds in a book made of gold leaves. He has another book made of dog skin in which he records the names of evil-doers. Complaints and requests for justice may be addressed to Thagya Min. He occasionally gives devotees gifts of amazing spirit-horses.
Thagya Min may be venerated alongside the Buddha.
Offering: Devotees traditionally light a candle for Thagya Min daily.
Buddha; Nats; Nats, Thirty-Seven
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.