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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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Traditional Umbrellas

In old Myanmar culture, the use of umbrellas is more to symbolize prestige than to give protection from the weather. All stupas and temples have a ‘Hti’ umbrella made of metal perched on the tip of the highest sphere, gilded with pure gold, set with real gems and hung with silver or gold bells.

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The Palaung

By Noe Noe Aung
The Palaung people, who mainly live in northern Shan State, belong to one of the oldest hill tribes of Myanmar. It is believed the Palaungs may have settled in northeastern Myanmar earlier than the Shan and Kachin people. The Palaung are a distinct ethnic group thought to h

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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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