Myanmar Culture

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Although court culture has been extinguished, popular street-level culture is vibrant and thriving. Drama is the mainstay of this culture, and just about any celebration is a good excuse for a pwe (show). Performances may recount Buddhist legends, or be more light-hearted entertainments involving slapstick comedy, dance, ensemble singing or giant puppets. Myanmar music is an integral part of a pwe; it originates from Thai and emphasises rhythm and melody. Instruments are predominantly percussive and include drums, boat-shaped harps, gongs and bamboo flutes. Over 85% of the Myanmar population is Theravada Buddhist. In the Rakhine region, towards Bangladesh, there are many Muslims. Christian missionaries have had some success among hill tribes but many remain staunch animists.The toys of Myanmar are not only for the children but also famous in the world, known as the Marionettes (or) Puppets of Myanmar. Its a combination of Myanmar Art and Culture, together to show the inner expressions of the Myanmar people. Myanmar also have festivals all around the year, at least one in each month of the year. The most famous festival of Myanmar is the Thingyan Water Festival, which is held from 13 April to 16 April every year.

Religion & Beliefs

Buddhism, Pagoda, History of Buddhism, Shin Pyu, Phone Gyi Pyan, Meditation, Benevolent Prince, Man Lion, Worshipping of Nats, Superstition, Mythical Creatures, 28 Buddhas, Buddha Mudras 

Myanmar Food

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Myanma Mohinga, Shwedaung Noodle, Coconut Noodle, Butter Rice, Coconut Rice, Steamed Prawn Curry, Roasted Rice Powder with Fish, Banana Pudding, Moun Bine Daunt, Mont Kalar Mei, Bamboo-tube Sticky Rice, Shan Khaw Poat, Mann Mayway, Pathein Halawah, Mango Jam, Toddy Cake, Pineapple Salad, Cucumber Salad, Squid Salad, Rice Balls. 

Festivals

Kachin Manaw Festival, Htamane (Sticky Rice) Festival,Shwedagon Pagoda Festival, Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival, Kason Watering Festival, Thadingyut Lighting Festival, Matho Thingan (Yellow Robe) Weaving Festival, Ananda Pagoda Festival, Maha Myat Muni Pagoda Festival, Salone Festival, Kakku Pagoda Festival, Shwe UMin Pagoda Festival, Thingyan Water Festival, Thanakha Grinding Festival, Taungpyone Nat (Pwe) Festival, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Elephant Dance Festival, Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival, Hot Air Balloon Festival, Naga New Year Festival, Shwesayan Pagoda Festival.

Museums

National Museum, Bagan Museum, Mrauk U Museum,

Cultural Events

The Equestrian Festival, The Traditional Regatta Festival, Cultural Spree, Rakhine Buddhist Festival, The Elegant Lotus Robe

Myanmar Wedding

Myanmar Calendar

Myanmar Astrology, Horoscope for everyone

Made in Myanmar

Myanmar Toys, Myanmar Fan, Myanmar Shampoo, Myanmar Chess, Myanmar Candy, Myanmar Umbrella, Myanma Thanakha, Myanma Latphet, Myanma Green Tea, Myanma Betel, Myanmar Wine

Traditional Practices

Loke Arr Pay, Dos and Donts

Ancient Trails

The Oldest Modern Rail Bridge, The Findings of the Bagan Palace, Superlatives of Myanmar, The Firsts in Myanmar

Myanmar Sports

Myanma Chinlon, Myanmar Kickboxing

Myanmar Games
Naming System

Myanmar Family

Myanmar Duties

Flora & Fauna

 

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What is Mingalar?

Photo credit - www.koyandaw.blogspot.com
 
 

Ethics and duties of a Myanmar

Ethics and duties of these were defined in Myanmar culture, centuries ago.
 

Buddha Mudras

Buddha Mudras
A mudra is a symbolic gesture usually made with the hand or fingers. Along with asanas (seated postures), they are employed in the yoga meditation practice of Hinduism. Each mudra has a specific quality that is said to be imparted to the practitioner, and they are a central part of Hindu iconography. With the onset of Buddhism, many mudra practices were absorbed into the culture.
 

Myanmar Culture

Although court culture has been extinguished, popular street-level culture is vibrant and thriving. Drama is the mainstay of this culture, and just about any celebration is a good excuse for a pwe (show). Performances may recount Buddhist legends, or be more light-hearted entertainments involving slapstick comedy, dance, ensemble singing or giant puppets. Myanmar music is an integral part of a pwe; it originates from Thai and emphasises rhythm and melody.
 

The 28 Buddhas

The 28 Buddhas
The Pali names of the 28 Buddhas believed to have been in this world.
 

Pagoda

What is a Pagoda?
A pagoda, in Southeast Asia, is cone-shaped monumental structure built in memory of Buddha. But in the Far East, a pagoda is a tower-like, multi-storeyed structure of stone, brick, or wood, usually associated with a Buddhist temple complex. The pagoda derives from the stupa of ancient India, which was a dome-shaped commemorative monument, usually erected over the remains or relics of a holy man or king.
 

Myanmar Goes on a Cultural Spree

Myanmar Goes on a Cultural Spree
One of the cultural highlights in October was the holding of the Fourth Myanmar Traditional Performing Arts Competitions at Yangon From 3 to 20 of the month. Since 1993, the Government has been holding annually, competitions in Myanmar traditional performing arts with the noble aim of reviving, preserving, and promoting Myanmar's cultural heritage which is the hardcore of national identity.
 

Mythical Creatures

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.
 

The Elegant Lotus Robe

The Elegant Lotus Robe
In the Union of Myanmar, where Theravada Buddhism flourishes, yellow robes have been offered to the Lord Buddha in different seasons for many hundreds of years. The robes are known as Waso-thingan, Kahtein-thingan, Matho-thingan, Kyar-thingan and Pantthaku-thingan. The Waso-thingan is the robe offered on the occasion of Wazo, the three-month Lenten period from round about July to October.
 

Shin Pyu

Shin Pyu (or) the Novice hood
The word "Shin Pyu" in Myanmar means "initiating into Buddhist Order as a Novice". To go in detail, the word ‘Shin’ means a novice and ‘Pyu’ means to make one.
 

Myanmar Astrology

Here are some of the interesting tips for the Myanmar. These information are referred from the Calendar published by the Myanmar Traditional Calendar Advisory Committee of the Myat Mingalar Traditional Calendar. The following tips are only entitled for the year 2007, and the Myanmar year 1368-1369.
 

Phongyi Pyan

The incumbent of a Kyaung (monastery) dies the body is embalmed, so as to allow the devotion of several months to the preparations for the funeral. The corpse is swathed like a mummy and laid in a solid dug-out coffin of hard wood. (much less pomp is displayed at the funeral of a sojourner).
 

Myanmar Toys

When we talk about Myanmar Made Products, lets start with the attractive Myanmar Toys.
 

Meditation in Myanmar

There are many meditation centres in Myanmar, practising healthful mind for people of the world. Although theses centres may differ in the kind of practices, all of the results from those methods lead to peacefulness and to way to Nirvana. Here are some of the Meditation centers in Myanmar.
 

Myanmar Fans

In Myanmar, the fan is used frequently. Myanmar Traditional Fan is one of Myanmar’s traditional articles of use. We use it to cool ourselves in the hot weather and you can be rest-assured that the weather really gets hot in the summer, in Myanmar.
 

Manussiha (or) The Man Lion

What is a Man Lion?
A Man Lion is a symbol that represents the guardian of a precious place. Such as the Sphinx of the Egypt, in Myanmar theses guardians are called as Manussiha (or) the Man Lion.
 

Myanmar Shampoo

Home-Made Myanmar Shampoo
There was a time, not long ago when long, black glossy hair was considered the crowning glory of a Myanmar woman and the longer and thicker the growth, the better. In fact, men also wore their hair long and knotted in the days of the monarchy and even after. Short hair was considered unbecoming and indecorous especially in women. Even small girls used to wear their hair long in a small topknot encircled by a fringe.
 

The Worshipping of Nats

The worshipping of Nats in Myanmar is a kind of a traditional heritage from generation to generation.
 

Myanmar Chess

Chess is one of the games that is well-known and played around the world. And in Myanmar, we have our own significant traditional chess game. Since ancient times, the Myanmar people were very keen and fond of playing traditional chess. In fact, Myanma traditional chess in based on four warfare elements, which were show in old Myanmar military text and scriptures.
 

Superstitions

Superstition of different cultures are interesting in some ways.
 

Myanmar Umbrella

Making of the Pathein Umbrella
The umbrella industry of Pathein, the capital of the Ayeyarwaddy Division of Myanmar's delta region, is well known worldwide. This cottage industry was established in Pathein over a hundred years ago.
The first umbrellas were made of paper, but through experience, the makers became innovative and began to produce umbrellas with canopies of cottons, silk and satin with attractive floral designs.
These newly fashioned umbrellas gained popularity with the ladies and sales expanded to the whole country. The umbrella attracts foreigners to buy as souvenirs or for interior decoration on walls and for use as unique lampshades.