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Myanmar Classical Dance

By Ma Thanegi
As much as the Myanmar people love festivities, they enjoy dance. Many of the nationalities have group dances to celebrate harvests and New Years when men and women may dance together but decorously without even touching hands, as is traditional to the culture. Dance performa

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Legend of the Lost Bell

By Jared Downing
The story of the giant bell at bottom of the Bago River begins with a medieval kingdom. It was called the Hanthawaddy Kingdom, a Mon-speaking power based in present-day Bago and the biggest rival to the Burmese rulers throughout medieval Myanmar. In the 15th century, Hanth

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Keinari and Keinara

Mythical Creatures
Mythical creatures from ancient legends are often used as decorative motifs for pagodas or musical instruments. They are the Keinari and Keinara, half-human half-bird; ogres with green skin; the Naga, the water serpent; the Galon, the giant bird; the deer-like Toe Naya; the Meg

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Chin Thay

Chin thay (Burmese for ‘lion’) are mythological lion-like creatures (leogryph) that can be seen standing guard at the entrances of pagodas, cities and other important places. Chin thay are sometimes full-body lions but more often they have the rear half of a lion with their front half taking the

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