Language: Burmese
Source: In general use


Belu are usually man-eating humanoid beings capable of shapeshifting.

There are two main sub-species:

Pan-kike Belu, literally "flower biters". Belu with straight fangs that eat humans. Generally malevolent.

Panswé Belu, literally "flower danglers". Belu with curved or hooked fangs that eat flowers and fruits. Generally benevolent.


Burmese Belu

Watercolour painting by an unknown Burmese artist, 1897.
Bodleian Library, Oxford. Accession number: Ms. Burm. a 5


Belu on a Burmese sword scabbard

Belu on a Burmese sword scabbard.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2016.


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Fine silver overlaid dha made in Mindan village, south of Mandalay, gained fame in the 19th century.


With inscriptions on blade, unusual grooves, and brass inlaid copper mounts.


Of a type likely produced by the Shan people and traded widely in the region.


Of the silver overlaid type made in Mindan, with an unusual story on the blade.


With silver overlay on iron even continued on its hilt.


Fine Mindan dha with a scene from the Ramayana on its blade.