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CULTURE: Images of the Buddha

The most commonly seen Buddha image depicts the Buddha in a seated posture with the fingers of his right hand touching the earth, symbolising calling the earth to witness victory over Mara, the manifestation of evil. The postures of other seated images include the Buddha with the hands folded on the

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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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