Burmese Culture

 

Have you ever been to Burma, or wondered what the culture of this country might be like? Well, if you are still doubting, you have come to the right place so keep reading to clear your doubts out!

Burma also known as Myanmar, was under the British colonial rule for many years. It became populated by three different sections of races; by the Hmong people now known as the people of Cambodia, by the Mongol Empire from the Eastern Himalayas, and last but not least by the Thai people. Myanmar is bordered by Bangladesh to the west, India and China to the north, and Laos and Thailand to the East. Bay of Bengal and the Andaman sea surround the southern part of the country’s territory.

The official language of the country is Burmese, although a large part of the population can speak English, specifically the elderly citizens. Buddhism is the most important religion for the habitants of Burma, as well as Theravada Buddhism which is practiced by 80% of the population. Of course, there are other religions practiced by other folks such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Animism.

Frequently, when people discuss about Burma, they immediately get the idea of the country’s beautiful and ancient architectures ss in the different temples, Buddhist sculptures, Shwedagon in Yangon to the pagodas of Bagan. Most sculptures are built for religious purposes; however few were also built to represent colonial architecture by the British. Some examples of colonial Burmese sculptures would be the following; Yangon, Pyin Oo Lwin, Salay, Mawlamyine and Myeik. There are also a lot of wooden architecture, such as wooden houses in which people live in, specifically in rural areas.

Burmese culture is a mixture of Indian and Thai food; rice is mainly one of the most important part of the citizens meal in Burma. A Burmese meal will consist of one main dish, a variety of different side dishes including soups, vegetables and dips. The culinary cultures can vary amongst different parts and regions within the country. One well known Burmese dish is known as Mohinga which is basically a bowl of rice noodles covered in a fish based soup.

By the way, if you are wondering what the difference between the name Burma and Myanmar is, then the answer would be there is no difference. Burma was since the British colonial rule, and it had been changed to Myanmar from the own country’s military government. I hope this article has made you more knowledgable about Burma’s culture!

 

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