While in Myanmar searching for the Great Bell of King Dhammazedi, Josh takes in one of the many religious sites in Yangon.
Temples of Bagan
Located in central Myanmar, Bagan is home to more than 2,000 temples. From the ninth century to the 13th century, Bagan was the center of the kingdom of Pagan, the heart of the Pagan Empire. It is estimated that there were more than 10,000 temples here at the height of the kingdom.
Mount Popa is known as the home of the “nats,” Myanmar’s own spirits, which are worshipped in conjunction with Buddhism. After walking up 777 steps to the monastery on the mountain, Josh is greeted by Mr. Swe, a knowledgeable local. He teaches Josh about the history of Mount Popa and the religious traditions.
Last Chance to Shop
While in Bagan, Josh stops at a local market to do some quick shopping.
The Shwedagon Pagoda is more than 2,500 years old and is the hub of Yangon. Considered to be the holiest shrine in Myanmar, it welcomes thousands of pilgrims each year. This is where Josh meets with businessman Chit San Win to discuss his involvement with the Dhammazedi bell.
Exploring the Local Market
Josh explores the local market in the township of Dala and purchases gifts for the local divers as an offering of good faith.
Josh meets Damien Lay at the Yangon wharf to prepare for their boating expedition. Before gearing up, Damien lays out the dangers that lie underneath the water.
Preparing to Dive
Josh prepares to dive in the Yangon River as he searches for the missing Great Bell of Dhammazedi.
Great Bell of Dhammazedi
Bells, such as this one and the Great Bell of Dhammazedi, are extremely prevalent in the Buddhist religion. The ringing of a bell is a ritual used to call worshippers to mindfulness.
Nat Spirits at Mount Popa
A look at some of the nat spirits at Mount Popa in Bagan, Myanmar. Nat spirits are like patron saints of Myanmar that cover almost every aspect of a person’s life.