MON­U­MEN­TAL VO­CAB­U­LARY

Seabourn Club Herald - - FEATURES -

You may hear a site re­ferred to as paya. This Burmese term which trans­lates as “holy one” is of­ten ap­plied to pago­das, but may work for tem­ples, shrines, stu­pas and even peo­ple.

But in the pagoda sense there are two types of paya: zedi is a bell-shaped stupa, of­ten be­lieved to con­tain a re­li­gious relic, while a pahto is ap­plied to a hol­low square paya. A pahto with en­tries and cor­ri­dors at ground level is re­ferred to as a gu or ku or “cave tem­ple.”

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