Nats is the general term for the spirits of Burmese religion and belief. They play an important part in Burmese myths and traditions. In the wonderland of Burmese legends no one could help but get involved with Nats, indeed one has only to be in Burma for a few hours to hear the word Nat mentioned. The Nats are for the Burmese people similar to how the Catholic Church views their Saints. These wonderful wood carvings are coated with lacquer, dyes, hair, colored glass and gold leaf. They radiate a place and time far away. The Arachneed does a great job of explaining the intricacies and history of nats, you can read more here.