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Spirit Worship in Myanmar: The Nat Pantheon

Spirit worship is popular in Myanmar because Buddhism, the belief of the majority, is the path of taking complete responsibility for one’s actions without any savior to offer succor or mercy. Since Buddhist belief already counts in celestial beings – or angels – also called Nat as creatures of

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Bagan History

By Ma Thanegi

The first Myanmar Empire of the 11th Century based in Bagan left remnants of its glory not in forts or palaces but in the thousands of pagodas, stupas (Zedi) and temples. (Pagodas are any place of worship regardless of shape, size or design. Stupas or Zedi are p

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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 offered to a number of monks in a separ

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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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