The Shwedagon Pagoda and a Special Wedding Blessing
Khiri Travel Myanmar gives the opportunity for travelers to book a special blessing at the Shwedagon Pagoda. This tour will be a special day to remember for newlyweds on a honeymoon to Yangon beginning their married life together.
One important detail: honeymooners to Myanmar better make sure to have some of the devotees visiting the famous pagoda witness their marriage blessing…. just in case. The following story illustrates an important detail about marriage in Myanmar.
Once there was a widower who lived alone in his house in a village in northern Myanmar. His wife had died many years ago, and only his three sons came to visit him from time to time. The day the old man died, his sons came to collect their inheritance from their father’s home. To their surprise, a Burmese woman they had never seen before also arrived at the house and claimed she was their father’s wife and asked for her share. The three young Myanmar men were puzzled, and of course did not acknowledge the strange woman’s request since they had never heard that their father had remarried.
Later on in the village courtroom, the village headman who served as the judge asked the woman, “Are you really the wife of this man?“ She answered, “Yes, for the past few years after his first wife died we were together. I spent every night with him but now his sons doubt my claim since they never met me.“
The judge asked the sons, “Do you know this woman?“ They replied, “No, we have never seen her!“
Therefore, the judge found himself in a dilemma as to whom he should believe. He pondered for a minute then asked the other villagers who were neighbors of the deceased man, “Do you know this woman? And can you confirm that they were married?“
One village neighbor spoke up, “Yes, we know her, but no, they were not married. We have seen her entering the house after darkness and leaving it again before sunrise. But we never saw them together at the local market, nor at the Buddhist pagoda or donating to the monastery together. Therefore, they were not married!“
Based on this testimony, the judge decided that only the sons can inherit their father’s possessions. The woman who claimed to be the wife could not defend the marriage because the neighbors were not invited to the wedding. Furthermore, the villagers from the market, the pagoda and the Buddhist monastery, important institutions that also serve to produce witnesses, denied the woman’s claim.
For more information and booking requests for this special Buddhist blessing at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, please contact [email protected].
Photo by JP Klovstad