When Buddhism was adopted as the national religion , it assimilated elements of the earlier cult of Alchemy , and Nat worship .
The Nats , or the 36 Lords remain widely followed in Burma today. For the most part they are the spirts of people who came to a rather sticky end , often at the hands of the King .
They include , Lady Bandy legs , Lord of the North , and Maung Pó Tú ,a shan tea trader eaten by a tiger .
Nats are worshiped in their own shrines , and are consulted in times of trouble through medium.
Anyone looking to explore Nat culture in any depth should take a look at Lindsay Merrisons excellent short film "Friends in high places " Shot without permision in Yangon .