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The beautiful gilded Shwezigon was built in the 11th century, suppposedly to enshrine a replica of the Buddha tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Its graceful bell shape became the prototype for virtually all later stupas in Burma. Here the 37 pre-Buddhist "Nat" were endorsed by the Bamar monarchy with Thagyamin (the Hindu god Indra) designated "king of the nat." Locals ignored their gorgeous and historic environment to play an evening soccer game.