Choosing a mascot to represent Mingalapar.com
The Little Monk mascot represents Buddhism and all its qualities. This is a symbol of the faith and commitment of Buddhism’s most learned of practitioners as they study through meditation and analysis to attain a higher state of enlightenment. The Little Monk can be seen to represent the backbone of Buddhism the Four Noble Truths.
The Little Monk incorporates the whole of this 2,500 year history so carefully laid down for generation after generation to follow. This is a symbol that can be recognised across the main three major branches of these traditions – the Theravada, the Mahayana and the Vajrayana.
In other traditions, the symbol of an owl would mean wisdom, intuition and even power. Since the owl is a nocturnal animal, it symbolizes foresight almost psychic abilities as it “sees into the night”. It is also widely believed that the owl has healing properties that can cure seizures and rheumatism.
For the Myanmar people, the symbolic owl is called Zee Kwet and revered by many as a sign of good luck and prosperity. Popular Myanmar Owl figurines would usually be traded in pairs and are quite a favourite to those who want more than just a little luck. The female would have a tiny, little owl painted in its base and together with the male owl would signify a family. Prosperity, fortune and power are synonymous with the Zee Kwet.
The Red Panda is much loved in Myanmar and throughout its Himalayan homelands. It is normally a very gentle creature and always solitary until mating season. The Red Panda is known as a bringer of good luck although it is becoming an endangered species. These clever and elusive animals have also a reputation of being synonymous with tree lore contained in the spirit of the forests.
Another endearing feature of the Red Panda is its uniqueness from nearly all other Asian species. It is much admired for its abilities in survival. Myanmar is very lucky to have its own indigenous population of Red Pandas.
Buddha’s birth mother was the Queen Maya of Sakya. One night she dreamt of a white elephant that circled her three times carrying a white flower in its trunk. The white elephant entered her womb through the right side of her belly and with this the Queen woke. She knew right there and then that something great would happen. Buddhist tradition prophesied that Buddha-to-be will take the shape of a white elephant to be reborn on Earth.
Aside from its spiritual significance, the white elephant extols wealth, power and good fortune. It is also a symbol of royalty – the backbone that cradles the Myanmar people.