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Sunset hours, people was sitted to pray inside the Shwedagon Paya.

An old image of 10 years ago.

Visitors must remove their shoes before the first step at any of the entrances.
Burmese walk around the stupa clockwise (let ya yit). The day of the week a person is born will determine their planetary post, eight in all as Wednesday is split in two, a.m. and p.m. They are marked by animals that represent the day, galon (garuda) for Sunday (ta nin ganway), tiger for Monday (ta nin la), lion for Tuesday (in ga), tusked elephant for Wednesday a.m.(bouddahu), tuskless elephant for Wednesday p.m. (yahu), mouse for Thursday (kyatha baday), guinea pig for Friday (thaukkya) and naga (mythical dragon/serpent) for Saturday (sanay).
Each planetary post has a Buddha image and devotees offer flowers and prayer flags and pour water on the image with a prayer and a wish.
At the base of the post behind the image is a guardian angel, and underneath the image can be seen the animal representing the day.
The base of the stupa is octagonal and also surrounded by small shrines, eight in number for each day of the week.

*Scanned image*

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