The Mon Language name of the Brahminy Duck or Golden Sheldrake, known as hamsa in Pali and hintha in the Burmese Language. Much as the peacock is the symbol of the Burmans, the Brahminy Duck is the symbol of the Mons, associated with the legendary founding of the city of Hanthawaddy (modern-day Pegu [Bago]). The bird is esteemed for having only one mate during its lifetime. In Lower Burma, where many pagodas such as the Shwe Dagon were built by the Mons, the hongsa is a common motif, often depicted atop "prayer posts."

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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