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Thuyathati

 Thuyathati
 
My story of Myanmar script (and the Burmese language) always runs parallel, in my mind, with the story of Thikya Min and his 33 gods controlling our lives. The 33 gods are the 33 consonants, and the vowel is represented by the well-loved goddess, Thuyathati {thu-rath~tha.ti}, the protector of the Tipitaka -- the Buddhist Canon. Her counterpart in Sanskrit is Saraswati. Notice the similarity of {thu-rath~} with (the vowel). Also notice that her mount is hamsa {hin:~tha}, the Brahmanni duck (Casarca ferruginea) -- indigenous to the foot-hills of Himalayas. To the Myanmars, the goddess Thuyathati is a pure virgin always attended by pure virgins.
 
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