Tiger Balm
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10:25AM
[chuck] in Art, Dharma, Monywa, Other, Thambuddhei Paya, Tiger Balm

In the complex of buildings that comprise the Mohnyin Thambuddhei Paya (see Thambuddhei Paya), there is a small clinic that was originally built for the monks. Over the years, it had gotten in increasingly bad condition and needed to be renovated. This was accomplished with a generous grant from Tiger Balm, the popular heat rub developed by Burmese herbalist Aw Chu Kin and his sons Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par. Tiger Balm is named after Boon Haw, whose name means "tiger" in Chinese. 

As can be appreciated, this is a magical structure that would certainly seem to promote healing. A high-resolution copy of the image has beed added to the Downloads section for use as a therapy for your desktop. [NOTE: In addition to the tiger sitting on the fence post (lower right), there are little tigers scattered all over the structure; I count at least six]. 

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