I want to be free as a Tumbling Kelly (Pyit Taing Htaung) but not a Puppet (Yoke Thae Yoke) with strings

The puppets (or) marionettes of princes, princesses, clowns, orge, and horses are most common in Myanmar. Usually colored red or golden colour with a white smiling face. I never liked to be pulled up like the Puppets. I hate to see the any powerful authorities’ trying to convolute even the nonvisible strings of me, Pyit Taing Htaung. I am always willing to talk back my superiors if they are wrong. I am not a very good obedient person. In Burmese,”Ah Htet Phar-Auk Phi” type of person. I don;t want to show off or give orders to my comrades and subordinates. I will work with them or I work the dirty, difficult and dangerous jobs infront of them so that they willingly participate that TASK to help me.

I don’t want to be a Puppet (Yoke Thae Yoke) with strings but always wish to be free like a Tumbling Kelly (Pyit Taing Htaung). I don’t care if others kicked me or hit me or discriminate me. I will try always to rise up again as a Phoenix .

Pyit-Taing-Htaung is a Burmese version of weeble. Roughly translates to up-whenever-thrown or “that which always rights itself when thrown down.” Usually they come in pairs.

It is a tumbling kelly or billiken. In Myanmar, a person who rises up again and again in the face of all vicissitudes of life is likened to a “pyit-taing-htaung.” Pyit Taing Htaung always rights itself when thrown down.

The Burmese traditional toy, Pyit Taing Htaung (Tumbling Kelly ) is made of Papier-mâché (French for ‘chewed paper’), It is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as glue, starch, or wallpaper paste. but usually colourful and attractive.

These toys are colourful, attractive and are usually sold on the stairways of the Pagodas all over Myanmar. They differ in size, style, idea, meaning and colour. Although these toys are no longer played by the urban children, as the plastic and electronic ones have replaced them. But they are still kept as souvenirs at home especially expatriate Myanmars who visited back their mother land and at tourist souvenir shops. However, in villages and smaller towns across Burma, rural children can still be seen playing with these toys. In addition to these papier-mache toys, earthenware and glazed pottery toys in the stalls at pagoda festivals.

Phoenix (mythology) From Wikipedia

The phoenix (Ancient Greek: Φοῖνιξ, phoínix, Persian: ققنوس, Arabic: العنقاء أو طائر الفينيق, Chinese: 鳳凰 or 不死鳥) is a mythical sacred firebird that can be found in the mythologies of the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Chinese, and (according to Sanchuniathon) Phoenicians.

A phoenix is a mythical bird that is a fire spirit with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. The new phoenix is destined to live as long as its old self. In some stories, the new phoenix embalms the ashes of its old self in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (literally “sun-city” in Greek). It is said that the bird’s cry is that of a beautiful song. The Phoenix’s ability to be reborn from its own ashes implies that it is immortal, though in some stories the new Phoenix is merely the offspring of the older one. In very few stories they are able to change into people.

The Roman poet Ovid wrote the following about the phoenix:

Most beings spring from other individuals; but there is a certain kind which reproduces itself. The Assyrians call it the Phoenix. It does not live on fruit or flowers, but on frankincense and odoriferous gums. When it has lived five hundred years, it builds itself a nest in the branches of an oak, or on the top of a palm tree. In this it collects cinnamon, and spikenard, and myrrh, and of these materials builds a pile on which it deposits itself, and dying, breathes out its last breath amidst odors. From the body of the parent bird, a young Phoenix issues forth, destined to live as long a life as its predecessor. When this has grown up and gained sufficient strength, it lifts its nest from the tree (its own cradle and its parent’s sepulchre), and carries it to the city of Heliopolis in Egypt, and deposits it in the temple of the Sun.

French author Voltaire thus described the phoenix:

It was of the size of an eagle, but its eyes were as mild and tender as those of the eagle are fierce and threatening. Its beak was the color of a rose, and seemed to resemble, in some measure, the beautiful mouth of Formosante. Its neck resembled all the colors of the rainbow, but more brilliant and lively. A thousand shades of gold glistened on its plumage. Its feet seemed a mixture of purple and silver; and the tail of those beautiful birds which were afterwards fixed to the car of Juno, did not come near the beauty of its tail.

This figurine has a low center of mass (represented by a bullseye) because it is mostly hollow with a weight at the bottom.
So it is clear that I don’t like a CABLE to tie me and order my movement. Even if that were not physical CABLE but INVISIBLE CABAL, I would resist. Even sometimes Pyit Taing Htaung Toys have a string on the “nape of the neck” to hang or to be able to carry aroung. It may be like a CABAL, but I would rather politely refuse the “lifting up of my status” by telling in Burmese,”Pyit Taing Htaung Yoke-Kyo Ma Shoke Chin.” I hate to see the any powerful authorities’ trying to convolute even the nonvisible strings of me, Pyit Taing Htaung. Please do not try to tangle the strings of the Tumbling Kelly or Pyit Taing Htaung.
Cable. From Wikipedia

A cable is two or more wires running side by side and bonded, twisted or braided together to form a single assembly. In mechanics cables, otherwise known as wire ropes, are used for lifting, hauling and towing or conveying force through tension.

Cabal. From Wikipedia

A cabal is a number of people greater than two, together in some close design, usually to promote their private views and interests in a church, state, or other community, often by intrigue. Cabals are sometimes secret societies composed of a few designing persons, and at other times are manifestations of emergent behavior in society or governance on the part of a community of persons who have well established public affiliation or kinship. The term can also be used to refer to the designs of such persons or to the practical consequences of their emergent behavior, and also holds a general meaning of intrigue and conspiracy. Its usage carries strong connotations of shadowy corners, back rooms and insidious influence; a cabal is more evil and selective than, say, a faction, which is simply selfish; because of this negative connotation, few organizations use the term to refer to themselves or their internal subdivisions. Amongst the exceptions is Discordianism, in which the term is used to refer to an identifiable group within the Discordian religion.

When the figurine is pushed, the height of the center of mass rises from the green line to the orange line, and the center of mass is no longer over the point of contact with the ground.

Okiagari-koboshi from Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima

Okiagari-koboshi. From Wikipedia, Okiagari-koboshi or Okiagari-kobōshi (起き上がり小法師?, getting-up little priest) is a Japanese traditional doll. The toy is made from papier-mâché and is designed so that its weight causes it to return to an upright position if it is knocked over.[1] Okiagari-koboshi is considered a good-luck charm and a symbol of perseverance and resilience.

Okiagari-koboshi has long been popular among Japanese children. It is mentioned in a 14th-century play called Manju-Kui,[3] and folklorist Lafcadio Hearn recorded a lullaby from Matsue in Izumo Province in the early 20th century that lists the doll as a gift for a young child:

Nenneko, nenneko nenneko ya!
Kono ko nashite naku-yara?
O-chichi ga taranuka? — o-mama ga taranuka?
Ima ni ototsan no ōtoto no o-kaeri ni
Ame ya, o-kwashi ya, hii-hii ya,
Gara-gara, nagureba fuito tatsu
Okiagarikoboshi! —
Neneko, neneko, nenneko ya!

Translated, it says:

Sleep, sleep, sleep, little one!
Why does the child continue to cry?
Is the milk deficient? — is the rice deficient?
Presently when father returns from the great Lord’s palace,
Ame will be given to you, and also cake, and a hii-hii likewise,
And a rattle as well, and an okiagarikoboshi
That will stand up immediately after being thrown down.

Daruma doll of the okiagari-koboshi type

One kind of Daruma doll works on the same principle as okiagari-koboshi and is sometimes referred to by that name; whenever it is thrown down, it rights itself.[7] This depiction of the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma likely arose in connection with a legend that says that he once meditated for nine years, which caused his legs to either atrophy or fall off.[8] A 17th-century children’s song shows that the okiagari-koboshi Daruma dolls of the time were almost identical to their modern equivalents:

Hi ni! fu ni!
Fundan Daruma ga
Akai zukin kaburi sunmaita!

Once! twice!
Ever the red-hooded Daruma
Heedlessly sits up again!

A wooden roly-poly toy

Roly-poly toy. From Wikipedia.

A roly-poly toy, tilting doll, tumbler or wobbly man is a toy that rights itself when pushed over. The bottom of a roly-poly toy is round, roughly a hemisphere. It has a center of mass below the center of the hemisphere, so that any tilting raises the center of mass. When such a toy is pushed over, it wobbles for a few moments while it seeks the upright orientation, which has an equilibrium at the minimum gravitational potential energy.

The toy can represent a person, an animal, or anything else. Different toy manufacturers and different cultures produce different-looking roly-poly toys: the okiagari-koboshi and some types of Daruma doll of Japan, the nevаlashka or vanka-vstanka of Russia,[1][2] and Playskool’s Weebles. Traditional Chinese examples are hollow clay figures of plump children, but “many Chinese folk artists shape their tumblers in the image of clownish mandarins as they appear on stage; in this way they mock the inefficiency and ineptitude of the bureaucrats”.[3]

A toy manufacturer recommends roly-poly toys for small children just developing motor skills; a child can bat at it without its rolling away.[4]

Most roly-poly toys are hollow, with a weight inside the bottom. A Gömböc is a roly-poly toy made of a uniformly dense material, where only the shape of the top half makes the center of mass below the center of the hemisphere.

Dynamogene Theater stages a performance called “Monsieur Culbuto”, allowing the audience to interact with a human dressed as a roly-poly toy.[5][6]

The Noddy stories by Enid Blyton have characters Mr. and Mrs Wobblyman, who are based on this sort of roly-poly toy.

Diddy Wishingwell figure in top of Weebles Bar...

Image via Wikipedia

Diddy Wishingwell figure in top of Weebles Barn Dance playset

Weeble. From Wikipedia.

Weebles is a trademark for several lines of children’s roly-poly toys originating in Hasbro‘s Playskool division on July 23, 1971. Shaped like eggs with a weight at the fat, or bottom end, they wobble when pushed, but never fall completely over, hence the name and the slogan “weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.” Some Weebles were designed to look like humans. The “Weebleville” series of 2004 and 2005 looked more like anthropomorphic animals, but the “Storybook World” series of 2006 has returned to more humanlike faces for the figures.

The popular catchphrase, “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down”, was used in advertising during their rise in popularity in the 1970s and during the relaunch in the 2000s.

A wide range of accessories were available for the Weebles including vehicles, buildings and furniture. Some sets had a theme to them, such as the Weebles circus set.


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