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Kings of Burma

Many Thanks to: www.friesian.com The Burmese speak a Sino-Tibean language, more closely related to Tibetan and Karen than to Chinese itself. But, despite frequent political and military involvement with China, Burma has always been a sub-Indian culture, with Theravadin Buddhist religion and a Sanskrit based alphabet. The interesting circular form of Burmese letters is a consequence […]

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Historical Myanmar and Burmese Clothing

Around AD 1000, women clothes of the Pyu era, were made from silk and cotton.  During the Bagan period, embroidered shawl is worn over the shoulders as a popularity. They also had bands around their arms.  During the Yadanar Bon period, a Htai Ma Thein Jacket is worn with Anoh. Emerald shawl is wrapped over […]

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Myanmar Festivals

Monthly Festivals in Myanmar (Burma) Myanmar is a Land of Festivals: a festivals for every month of the year. Most festival are cultural and religious. Majority are nation-wide celebrated while a few are distinctly regional. The dates of the festivals and special events are determined by the Lunar Year. Myanmar Festival Calendar – 2005 From […]

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Burmese Names

Meanings of Myanmar Names Almost every syllable has its meaning in Myanmar language. Names of towns, names of people, all have meanings. And they are interesting. Names of Myanmar Towns Yangon: Formerly called Rangoon in English. Means “end of strife” Dagon: Derived from Tain-goat-tra Mandalay: Named after the Mandalay Hill. Derived from Pali word “Mandalar”, […]

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Burmese Measuring System

Myanmar Weight Metric System British System   Gram Kilogram Grain Ounce Pound 1 Yway Lay 0.136077706 0.000136078 2.1 0.0048 0.0003 1 Yway Gyi 0.272155412 0.000272155 4.2 0.0096 0.0006 1 Pae Thar 1.020582833 0.001020583 15.75 0.036 0.00225 1 Mu Thar 2.041165665 0.002041166 31.5 0.072 0.0045 1 Mat Thar 4.08233133 0.004082331 63.0 0.144 0.009 5 Mue Thar […]

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Burma’s ‘tourist life line’

Burma is rapidly emerging from its cocoon of self-imposed isolation. And, as AMAR GROVER discovered, a visit to this land of golden pagodas is like a trip back in time. Long isolated, even from immediate neighbours Burma, or Myanamar as it prefers to be called now, is rapidly emerging, from a wasting socialist cocoon. Visit […]

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Thingyan, The Water Festival

Among the many festivals in Myanmar, Thingyan is the merriest and one of the few observed all over the country. Thingyan welcomes the Myanmar New Year by washing away the dirt of the body and bad memories of the old year. Everyone who ventures out of the house risks getting doused from head to toe […]

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Myanmar Mythology and Mythical Creatures

It’s not just in the Greeks mythology where animals were combined into a single form. Myanmars also have quite a few number of combined form of mythical creatures. Lion This is a Myanmar grotesque form of a mythical lion. Doe is still look like a lion to you? According to the legendary tales, lions are the […]

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People and Races

Myanmar is a union of 135 ethnic groups with their own languages and dialects. The major races are the Kachin, the Kayah, the Kayin, the Chin , the Mon, the Bamar, the Rakhine, and the Shan. The name Myanmar embraces all the ethnic groups. Composition of the Different Ethnic Groups under the 8 Major National Ethnic Races in Myanmar (A) Kachin comprises 12 different […]

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Myanmar Folk Dances

Myanmar folk dances developed together with folk music and songs. So they are inseparably linked with folk music and songs. These three performing arts are complementary and agro-based. As Myanmar is an agricultural country the majority of its people are peasants and their cultural performance reflect their occupation and daily life style. Just as their […]

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Myanmar Famous Mohingar

Pundits say that the world is at the dawn of a New Golden Age of travel. Growing affluence and leisure of the middle class not only in Europe but also in Asia, combined to spur the travel itch, thus opening further new frontiers for travel. Jet-set tourists, tired of the familiar venues, stereotyped bland food, […]

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Burma Human Rights Report 2007

Burma Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – 2007 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor March 11, 2008 Since 1962 Burma, with an estimated population of 54 million, has been ruled by a succession of highly authoritarian military regimes dominated by the majority ethnic Burman group. The State Peace and Development […]

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Burmese Culture

Art has been closely intertwined with religion and royalty in Burman history. Temples, pagodas and palaces displayed the artistic skills of painters, wood carvers and sculptures. Temples and pagodas were traditionally built of brick and many are still standing. The great palaces, however, were made of wood, and only one badly-deteriorating example of these beautiful […]

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SEA GYPSY: The Salon People of Myanmar

Who are the ” Sea – gypsy ” ?Where do they live ?Why are they unique ?What are the reputations of these people ? The ” Salon “of Myanmar, who called themselves, ” Moken “, are forgotten people who fight for their survival. They adopt their way of life as marine nomads. They are expert […]

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Burma Proverbs

Regrets always come later. Wise man’s anger never comes out. Snake to snake, see the leg. (Snakes have no legs. But crooks can see how other crooks will do.) Mango among fruits, pork among meats, tea among leaves (are the best) You can stop speaking to someone, but you cannot stop being related. Do use […]

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