Notes on the Geography of Burma / Myanmar: Pagan 2: More Monuments: Photo 5
Here, in the Dhamma-yazika, is a uniquely Burman innovation: pentagonal terraces. Completed in 1196 by Sithu II, the pagoda indicates the strength at Pagan of the cult of Mettaya, the Buddha-to-come. (A century earlier, Anawrahta had hoped to see him in a future life.) The pentagonal design is simply explained: Mettaya is the fifth Buddha of this cosmic cycle.
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