- Bo MyaThe Burmese name ("Commander Thunderbolt") assumed by Colonel Suzuki Keiji after he became commander of the Burma Independence Army. It was apparently suggested to him by Aung San. For ordinary Burmese, it had tremendous resonance because a prophecy stated that just as a hunter (Alaungpaya, founder of the last royal dynasty) had been struck down by an "umbrella rod" (symbolizing the British), so the umbrella rod would be shattered by a thunderbolt. There were other stories that Suzuki was a descendant of the Myingun Prince, who fled Burma after the Third AngloBurmese War. Suzuki promoted his "Burmese" persona by habitually appearing at public functions in indigenous formal dress.
Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). Donald M. Seekins . 2014.
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