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Phra Sīvali The Patron Saint of Travel Figure
- Phra Sīvali The Patron Saint of Travel Figure
- Phra Sīvali is an Arhat ("one who is worthy" or as a "perfected person" having attained nirvana. Other Buddhist traditions have used the term for people far advanced along the path of Enlightenment, but who may not have reached full Buddhahood) widely venerated among Theravada Buddhists. He is the Patron Saint of Travel and is believed to ward off misfortunes at home such as fire or theft. His veneration predates the introduction of Theravada Buddhism into Burma.
- Phra Sīvali is typically depicted standing upright and carrying a walking staff, an alms bowl and Buddhist prayer beads. Born to Queen Suppavasa, Sīvali is believed to have remained in his mother's womb for seven years because of past karma. After a week in labor, Phra Sīvali's mother gave birth to a precocious boy who could immediately speak. Thereafter, Gautama Buddha's chief disciple, Sariputta, admitted Phra Sīvali into the Sangha. The Burmese believe that he is still living, that he can be invoked to come by a special incantation and that his mere invisible presence will bring them prosperity and good fortune.
- Measures approx. 4 1/2" x 1 1/4" x 1 1/8"
- Material: Finely moulded terracotta figure with finely burnished surface.
- Origin is Thailand