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Culture of Myanmar

Individuals have lived in cutting-edge Myanmar for many years. The real civilization was the Pyu, who arrived and settled from southern China in the second century BC. Myanmar was on a noteworthy exchange course among China and southern India, and individuals crossed starting with one spot then onto the next on an ordinary basis. The Pyu are believed to have brought Theravada Buddhism, the real religion in Myanmar today, to the nation.

The cutting-edge Burmese, some portion of the Bamar ethnic gathering, relocated to the Upper Irrawaddy Valley in the ninth century. They at that point proceeded to set up the Kingdom of Pagan in 1044 who managed over present day Bagan until the Mongol intrusion in 1287. Burmese culture, personality, and dialects prospered amid this reign and developed into the run of the mill Burmese culture today.

After the fall of Bagan, a progression of city-states grew up for a couple of hundreds of years and were continually quarreling and warring with one another. The Taungoo Dynasty in the sixteenth century unified the states under one country. The authority was supplanted by the Konbaung Dynasty who were the last Burmese Kingdom in Mandalay before British colonization.

The British ruled from 1824 until 1948 and contributed to the improvement of Rangoon, a regulatory framework, and foundation. One of the heritages of expansionism is the old name of the nation, Burma, which begins from the nation's principle ethnic gathering: the Bamar individuals.

In 1948, Burma picked up their sway and started to grapple with inner clashes and governmental issues. The nation entered a common war and wound up under a severe military routine from 1962 until 1988. Professional popular government developments started and finished in the race of the first non-military pioneer in 2016. In spite of Myanmar currently being a popularity based nation, despite everything they face various interior issues and common distress.

1. Art and Architecture in Myanmar

The styles of architecture are a noteworthy piece of Myanmar conventional culture. You can see this in the structure of pagodas and temples. Most styles that you see today in Myanmar have their underlying foundations in the selection of Theravada Buddhism as the significant religion in the eleventh century. Actually, the Kingdom of Bagan developed thousands of religious structures and temples of differing sizes in the moderately little territory of present day Bagan. You can likewise observe the perfect carvings in the wooden religious communities, which is exceptionally run of the mill of Burma. Customary design has solid religious hints.

Another trademark is the utilization of gold plating. Indeed, even in the most remote spots where a stupa gladly climbs into the sky, you’ll see its outside surface canvassed in gold plating. The Hti, or the topsy turvy umbrella on the highest point of a stupa, is another customary architecture, which is typical for Myanmar. This is said to be a standout amongst the most essential pieces of the pagoda itself and is generally finished with jewels and valuable stones. A 75-carat precious stone sits joyfully on the highest point of the Hti on the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

Burma was part of the British Empire by the end of the 1880s, and Rangoon, now known as Yangon, became a multi-ethnic capital. Of all South East Asian cities, Yangon has the highest number of colonial era buildings. Hundreds of late 19th century structures remain on an area of several square miles in the downtown area.

The British frontier structures in Yangon likewise have the right to be referenced, as well. Under the British guideline, various structures were constructed with styles of engineering run of the mill of their realm.

Numerous wonderful traditional arts have flourished in this beautiful nation in the past and many of those are still in existence and practiced widely. Among the various arts and crafts that are practiced in Myanmar, there are ten arts which have a special place in the culture of this country. These ten special arts are referred to poetically as Myanmar’s ten flowers and they are as follows:

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Panchi – Art of Painting

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It is the art of painting and that shows live animals and inanimate objects using different colors. Artists paint the figures of beings, animals, objects, drawings and caricatures, human scene.

Punpu – Art of Making Designs in Wood

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The art of sculpture and it’s means one who produced figures and floral motifs made of wood. Artisans make the figure of man and animals and floral motifs. Myanmar traditional sculpture emerged before the Bagan period and improved in the middle of Bagan Era. A wooden sculpture suspended from the Bagan period is the oldest pagoda Shwezigone portal in Nyaung-U. Those who want to see the wooden sculptures of Mandalay : Monastery Shwe-Inpin, Mandalay, Bargayar Monastery and, Inwa Myanmar traditional sculpture contains wood carving stone carving and plaster sculpture.

Panbe – Art of Blacksmith

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This is the art of forging iron in a furnace and using specialized tools for creating various kinds of items from it. In English language, this art is known as the art of the blacksmith. In Myanmar this art emerged in the 11th century A.D., which is also known as the early Bagan period and had improved in the middle period of Bagan, Inwa and Yadanapon. Many kinds of carpentry products are invaluable as military armour, weapons, the file,the pick, hoe, hoe soeard,etc.

Panyun – Art of Making Lacquerware

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This is the art of making lacquerware using bamboo, wood, and a special kind of varnish. Lacquerware craftsmen produce begging bowl food bowl for Monaco and tea cup picked painted ship, cup, box Betel and cigar box. Bagan is considered as the home of this craft and many of the Panyun lacquerware is considered invaluable due to its artistry and historical significance.

Panpoot – Art of Turning Wood in Lathe

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Panpoot is making wooden utenti, turning on the later tuner. As tree, umbrella, table legs, and legs of the bed and rotary seats hall and railing.

Payan –  Art of Bricklaying and Masonry

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It constructs the building with brick, stone and concrete. This one art that Myanmar can be really proud of as the buildings built in this country during the Bagan era are considered much superior amongst all historical periods. The buildings built during this period are astounding due to their solidity, magnificence, enormity, and elaborate adornments.

Pantaut – Art of Creating Designs and Figures from Stucco

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It means a craft of making decorative designs floral stucco embossed. The craftsmen are the figures of lions, dragons and floral patterns with stucco.

Pantamaut – Art of Stone Sculoting

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It is the art of stones curving. The craftsmen make Buddha images stock for Sima pillars, leograph, elephants, deer, circular flat stone pestle and mortar and table. Even today this art form is very popular and widely practiced throughout Myanmar. The city of Mandalay holds the most Pantamault studios but workshops are held in Yangon and many other cities as well.

Patain – Art of Goldsmith and Silversmith

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It is making objects of gold or silver. Silversmith’s art trough, bowl container price cup, plate and belt. Pantain artists have been creating silverware for the past one thousand two hundred years, and the quality of the utensils even in those old times was truly exceptional.

Pante – Art of Making Utensils from Metals

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Pante is a manufacture of materials of copper, bronze or brass. This art emerged in Myanmar before Bagan period and was improved upon during the Bagan and Inwa periods.The bells used in pagodas, gongs, and cowbells made using the Pantin art are popular souvenirs which foreign tourists like to take back with them.

2. Cuisine in Myanmar

Food varies impressively relying upon what part of the nation you’re visiting and which ethnic gatherings are overwhelming. There are 135 distinctive ethnic gatherings in Myanmar who have their own ways of food preparation and styles of dishes. Also, the nation imparts a fringe to three noteworthy cooking styles in the locale including Indian, Thai, and Chinese. Consequently, there will in general be a wide assortment of suppers accessible for guests and an uncommon varied blend.

All the more explicitly and in line up with Asian culture, rice is the fundamental food. This is frequently filled in as plain, white rice alongside the main dish of fish or meat, and a side of vegetables. Fish assumes a colossal job in the neighbourhood dishes and it’s very basic for dinners to be presented with a fish sauce. Other well-known dishes include noodles, which are either seared or part of a soup. Local people additionally eat curry all the time.

One of the dishes that visitors are usually served at one’s home is the tea leaf plate of mixed greens. This comprises of pickled tea leaves that are blended with cabbage, nuts, peas, and tomatoes. Individuals will eat this as a bite or as a side with rice. You should not miss a chance to try Myanmar cuisines.

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3. Dress in Myanmar

The longyi is the most widely recognized sort of customary dress that is worn all the time. This is a huge fabric that looks like a sarong that is worn by both genders. Guys tie the front in a tangle that hangs out while the women tuck it into the side. A typical longyi for men, called paso, has a straightforward checked design on a dim shaded fabric whereas longyi for women, called htamain, are progressively brilliant.

You’ll see basically everybody in Myanmar wearing this regularly, which is frequently joined by shoes or flip-flops. Myanmar people wear longyi with a shirt on top to go for work, or to attend formal events. In Myanmar, a longyi is a reasonable thing of garments for basically every event. Longyi is a national attire for formal events, for example, national occasions and weddings.

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4. Family in Myanmar

Family plays an important role in Myanmar. After marriage, couple may stay with their parents of one partner but later when they are ready, they will start living on their own. Men are usually seen as the breadwinner and the head of the family while women are responsible for most of the household. However, in today’s world, an increasingly growing number of women start to take both roles.

Relationship are based more on relative age, generation, comparability and sex than by kinship. Traditionally, there were no family names. Property generally is divided equally among the children after the parents die. Under Myanmar law, children can inherit their parents’ property irrespective of gender.

In Myanmar society, it is uncommon for Myanmar young adults to date casually. A young couple date for several years to decide about their marriage. Later they let their corresponding families know of their relationship status when they make up their mind about the marriage. It is very unlikely for a couple to marry if families do not approve or consent. This demonstrates how strong the family bond in Myanmar is.

5. Religion in Myanmar

Theravada Buddhism is practiced by over 90% of the population. This turned into the official religion under the Kingdom of Bagan in 1044. Theravada Buddhism and the Burmese language created and developed in prevalence and impact amid this time.

You’ll see that masses of local people normally visit pagodas and make contributions to such religious places. This is the typical way of life in Myanmar. The Buddhist lifestyle that is engrained into the Burmese personality directs the life and today’s culture of Myanmar.

You can discover a large number of brilliant pagodas throughout Myanmar with the most remarkable being the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Religious compounds are kept clearly spotless and you have to take off your shoes to enter. Proper clothing standards apply and all sightseers need to respect it.

Aside from Buddhism, the second biggest religious gathering are Christians, of which Protestantism is predominant. Portuguese preachers got Catholicism the eighteenth century and it later changed more towards Protestantism under the British.

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