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Craft Marionettes

Myanmar Marionettes are handled through strings attached to the forehead, neck, spine, elbows and hands, knees and heels. The criterion of the highest talent in puppetry is that the small wooden dolls must be completely life-like. This means that the puppeteers have mastered their art to such a degr

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Historic Portuguese Church

The ruins of a historical building, located just across the Bago River, used to be only popular with drug addicts and young couples. That was until 2013 when the Department of Archeology and National Museums took control of the building.The Department cleared out the grounds and began a maintenance

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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 perf

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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, H

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