illuminates the still active nat cults of present-day Burma. Many people,
men and women, choose to dedicate their lives by marrying a nat through
lengthy and elaborate initiation rites. Beneath the surface of Burma's
austere anti-ritualistic Theravada Buddhist faith lies this fantastic world
of extravagant costume, ecstatic music and flamboyant dance, a sub-culture
peopled by transsexuals who perform their theatrical rites that so beautifully
blend music and dance with iconography and mysticism.
F Singer has contributed a full set of colour paintings of the 37 lords.