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Becoming A Buddhist Novice

One of the greatest joys that Buddhist parents find is the chance to have sons enter the monastery as a novice for a few days at least. The boys too, consider it an honour to become sons of the Buddha and bear with uncommon dignity the strict rules they have to live by, including not eating afte

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Traditional Weddings

 
Weddings for the Buddhist families of Myanmar take place before or after the Buddhist Lent lasting from July to October. Since weddings have nothing to do with Buddhism, monks never officiate although food is

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Mystical Guardian Lions: Chin thay

Chin thay (Burmese for ‘lion’) are mythological lion-like creatures (leogryph) that . Chin thay are sometimes full-body lions but more often they have the rear half of a lion with their front half taking the form of a human, dog or dragon. They usually sit in pairs at either side of an entrance.

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The traditional Myanmar sport: Chinlone

Chinlone (Burmese for caneball) is a traditional sport of Myanmar. It involves a group of players using the best of their skill and style to keep a ball made of woven cane from the ground.  Players can touch the ball with any part of the body except the hands and arms. Five players rotate slowl

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