Myanmar. Republic of the Union of Myanmar, in Southeast Asia bordered by China, Thailand, India, Laos and Bangladesh. Situated in South East Asia Borders with China, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh , and India Area = 676,577 km 2 (261,228 sq miles ) Population = ~ 55-60 millions
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The country is divided into seven states and seven regions, formerly called divisions
Buddhism (89.5 % ),
Christianity (4.9 % ),
Muslims (3.8 % ),
Hindus (0.05 % )
Many religions are practiced in Burma.
Burmese Basic VowelsThere are 12 basic vowels. They can be extended with two tone marks.
Early civilizations in Myanmar included the Tibeto-Burman speaking Pyu in Upper Burma and the Mon in Lower Burma.
In the 9th century, the Burmans of the Kingdom of Nanzhao entered the upper Irrawaddy valley and, following the establishment of the Pagan Empire in the 1050s, the Burmese language and culture slowly became dominant in the country.
During this period, TheravadaBuddhism gradually became the predominant religion of the country.
- Excessive emotion, whether prompted anger or by love are frowned upon (an expression of disapproval).
- To show respect to grandparents, parents, and teachers on formal occasions, Kneel down with foreheads and elbows touching the ground
- When passing a pagoda or meeting a monk, they put their palms together in a gesture of reverence.
Burmese Traditional Orchestra
Thanakha (Burmese Make-up)
Thanaka (Burmese: သနပ္ခါး); is a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark. It is a distinctive feature of Myanmar seen commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of women and girls and to a lesser extent men and boys.
Longyi (Burmese Sarong)
A man wearing taungshaypaso in late 1800s
A woman dressed in the old htamein style prevalent until the 1900s
Mon-hin-ga - Spicy Noodle
GDP 2010 estimated:
Total - $42.953 billion, Per capita - $702
Living in one of the Nature's most favored lands, the Myanmar are lively and enjoyable people.
With agriculture as their main occupation they make an easy livelihood as their natural environment.
Every month of the Myanmar lunar calendar has its own season, its own flower, its own zodiacal sign, its own constellation and its own seasonal festivals.
The Myanmar year begins in mid-April.
Both the Myanmar and Gregorian calendar are widely used.
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