Stopped by the Mahamuni Paya on my way to the ancient cities of Iwa, Sagaing, and Amarapura.
The Mahamuni is an important place of devotion to the Buddhist Burmese so it was quite crowded and busy. Fortunately, I had a good motorbike driver/guide who would pull me to see and explain going-ons.
At one corner were large bronze sculptures which people were rubbing their hands on and then rubbing their body parts with. I noticed some would rub the legs of what seemed to beca warrior and rub their own legs too. The statues have a colorful history having been taken by the Rhakainkaeng king from the Thais who took it from Angkor Wat of the Khmer.
On my way out, bought five small gongs from one of the souvenir shops lining the entrance.