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The butterfly symbolizes the soul
in Burmese mythology, the butterfly symbolizes the soul, Win-laik-pya is a Burmese term meaning "soul-butterfly." . It is believed that during a person's slumber, their soul-butterfly escapes, soaring through the universe, encountering other soul-butterflies. As the owner awakens, the butterfly must immediately return. Burmese children are taught not to wake a person up suddenly, in case the soul-butterfly fails to return in time to its owner.
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