Early in her career, the idea began to get around that she was more than merely human—that she was perhaps a bodhisattva, a living Buddha, born to save her people from suffering. In 1990, after the regime chose to ignore the landslide election victory of her party, the National League for Democracy, it was reported that Buddha statues around the country had begun to weep from the left breast. This was seen by many as confirmation of Suu Kyi’s supernatural provenance, and an indication that sooner or later this tender woman—the left breast indicating the feminine principle, weeping out of pity—was bound to prevail.
Peter Popham describes Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate. Popham has also written a biography of the extraordinary woman called The Lady and the Peacock, which I just bought and am super excited to read.