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Sivali

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Sīvalī (Pali: Sīvalī; Burmese: Shin Thiwali, pronounced: ʃɪ̀ɴ θìwəlḭ; Thai: พระสีวลี) is a Buddhist arahant widely venerated among Theravada Buddhists. He is the guardian saint of travel and is believed to ward off misfortune at home, such as fire or theft. His veneration predates the introduction of Theravada Buddhism into present-day Myanmar (Burma). Shin Thiwali is typically depicted standing upright and carrying a walking staff, an almsbowl and prayer beads.[2] Born to Queen Suppavasa, Shin Thiwali is believed to have remained in his mother's womb for seven years because of past karma. After a week in labor, Sīvalī's mother gave birth to a precocious boy who could immediately speak. Thereafter, Buddha's chief disciple Sariputra admitted Sīvalī into the Sangha. The Burmese believe that he is still living, that he can be invoked to come by a special incantation and that his mere invisible presence will bring them prosperity and good fortune.

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