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The Lokanat is known in Myanmar as the guardian spirit of the world. In Sanskrit, the name is Avalokiteśvara. In Thailand, he is worshiped as Lokesvara. In the Tibetan sphere, the spirit is known as Chenrezig, and the Dalai Lama is an emanation of this spirit. In the Japanese and Chinese spheres, the spirit is Kannon and Kuanyin.
The story of the Lokanat is very different in the various traditions. In the Burmese one, the King of the Lions and the King of the Elephants fought. They were fighting furiously, without regard for the damage they were wreaking all around them. The Lokanat realised that if they were not stopped, the world would suffer much destruction, so he began playing music with the cymbals he held in his feet.
His performance was so enrapturing that the fighters stopped to watch, and lost the desire to fight. With such gentle means, he prevented the destruction of the world. Thus the Lokanat is the symbol of the power of art, and of love and peace. He is one of the favourite subjects for Burmese painters.
Pansodan Gallery is hosting an exhibition of recent interpretations of Lokanat, beginning the new year by honouring the Lokanat’s act of peace. Opening on 1 January, continuing until 7 January. All are invited to enjoy the artist’s inspirations.
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