Myanmar Traditional Arts

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Panbe (the art of blacksmith)

Panbe is the tempering of iron in the furnace to make necessary items. The artisans make ox cart axle, ox cart iron, tyre, scissors, hammer, adze, pickaxe, knife, hatchet, axe, digging hoe and mattock.

 Panbu (the art of sculpture)

Panbu means the one which produces figures and floral designs made of wood or ivory. The artisans make the figure of human beings and animals and floral designs.

Pantain (the art of gold and silver smith)
Pantain is an enterprise of making items of gold or silver. Silversmith is the art of making drinking bowl, receptacle bowl, prize-cup, shield and belt.

Pantin(the art of bronze casting)
Pantin is an enterprise producing materials of copper, bronze or brass. The artisans make triangular brass gong, gong, and brass bowl for monk, weights in the shape of brainy ducks, tray, copper pot, cup bowl, cymbal, bell jingle bell and small brass gong.

Pantaut (the art of making floral designs using masonry)
Pantaut means a handicraft of making decorative floral designs in relief with stucco. The artisans make the figures of lions, dragons and floral designs with stucco.

Panyan (the art of bricklaying and masonry)
Panyan is an enterprise which constructs the buildings using bricks, stones and cement. The masons build brick houses, Pagoda, bridges.

Pantamault (the art of sculpting with stone)
Pantamault is the one stones curving. The artisans make Buddha images pole for Sima, pillar, leograph, elephants, deer, circular flat stone, pestle and mortar and table.

Panpoot (the art of turning designs on the lathe)
Panpoot is an enterprise to make wooden utensils turning on turners lathe. Such as making shaft of umbrella, table legs, and legs of bed and turnery posts for Pavilions and railings.

Panchi (the art of painting)
Panchi is the one which illustrates living animals and inanimate objects using different colours. The artists paint the figures of human beings, animals, objects, scenery designs and cartoons.

Panyun (the art of making lacquer ware)
Panyun means a handicraft which produces materials made of bamboo, wood and thick black varnish (sis-se). Lacquerware artisans produce alms food bowl, bowl for monk, and bowl of pickle tea, lacquer vessel, drinking cup, betel box, and cheroot box.
More Art

Pottery
Pottery has been the earliest craft in the history of human civilization. People in the terrain area had began to make use of pots, which could be easily and cheaply produced.

Mosaic
Myanmar mosaic art was off to a good start by the time of the Bagan period, as scholars and researchers, now testify. Historians also agree.

Tapestry
The art of tapestry or "Shwe Chi Hto" as we call it, is said to have originated in Myanmar about a thousand years ago.

Lapidary
Methods used by gem cutters have hardly changed in hundreds of years, but in Myanmar, the development of the gem industry means there are now more companies exporting expertly cut gems out of the country.

Gold Foil Making
In Myanmar, gold-leaves are widely sold at the famous pagodas to gild the Buddha image or stupa with gold-leaf. This is the Myanmar tradition for meritorious deeds.

Wall Painting
There is a saying “art improves with age”. Art is drawn on paper, canvas and on walls. Painting drawn on walls in caves are called “Wall Paintings”.

Silk Weaving
Myanmar proudly wear hand-woven silk materials at auspicious occasions. Myanmar turban, Myanmar jacket and silk longyi are worn by Myanmar men while intricate acheik designs woven with over 100 silk threads such as plain silk blouses and silk shawls are proudly worn by Myanmar ladies.

Bark Painting
Bark Painting has been a new generation of wood designing. The manufacturers of Bark Paintings usually use the bark from large trees and old trees.

Palm Portrait
Myanmar is rich in forestry and nature. There are many palm trees and coconut trees. Palm Portraits are made from the products of local toddy palm trees.

18 Essential Arts

Thaing
Myanmar possesses a rich martial arts heritage. The martial arts was introduced into Myanmar almost 2000 years ago.

Bando
Bando or animal system is the ancient art of self-defense from Myanmar. The earliest meanings of Bando were "self-discipline, self-development, and self-improvement".

Banshay
Banshay is a term for martial arts of Myanmar, focusing on weapon use.

Lethwei
Myanmar Traditional Boxing is a form of kickboxing which originated in Myanmar. Lethwei is in many ways similar to its siblings from neighboring South-East Asian countries such as Tomoi from Malaysia, Pradal Serey from Cambodia and Muay Thai from Thailand.

Naban
Naban is a term for the various grappling martial arts of Myanmar. Techniques include joint locks, strikes to pressure points, and choke holds.

Bando Yoga
Yoga system practiced by ancient warriors of northern Myanmar was to maintain health and protect from illness and disease.

Minzin
Min Zin is a system of internal exercise similar to Chinese Chi Gong. There are several systems of generating internal energy.

Phongyi Thaing
Pongyi Thaing or Bando Monk System is based on ancient Hindu and Buddhist principles of non-violence. It's a disciplined way of life.

Myanmar Music

Maha Gita
The complete body of Myanmar classical songs is usually referred to as, the "Maha Gita," meaning great or royal song.

Myanmar Orchestra
The musical ensemble called "Saing Waing" in Myanmar is the sense of an Orchestra from the western countries. The entire fencing is made of teak or lacquer ware and is gilded.

Myanmar Musical Instrument
A "harp" is called Saung in Myanmar. There basically was 2 types: Byat Saung and Saung Gauk (bent harp). There almost is nobody who can play byat saungs these days.

Myanmar Dances

Anyeint
Anyeint is a dance form closely resembling popular theatre. The name of this form is drawn from a Myanmar word meaning “gentle,” which is a fitting description.

Zat- Pwe
In Myanmar, zat means story and pwe means show, so finally zat-pwe means Myanmar musical play. It can be understood as the opera or ballet of the western countries.

Folk dances
Myanmar has seven states and seven divisions with over 130 ethnic groups. Depending on their own culture, there are a lot of folk dances in the country.

Myanmar Movies
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