Beliefs in Myanmar

Myanmar Beliefs

What are the most interesting beliefs about Buddhism in Myanmar? MyanmarBurma is a predominantly Theravada-Buddhist country. Appreciation of Buddhism and its history in Myanmar is a prerequisite for outsiders who want to better understand the Burmese spirit. Andréw Selth wrote in The Interpeter: Myanmar's citizens have the right to freedom of religion and belief.


The Myanmar tribe still believe in legend. One such is the curious concept of the sacra (in Sanskrit), the king of heavenly beings who is living in heaven and is arriving on this planet at this season. The Thigyan Festival (the Water Festival) will see Sakra (or in the Myanmar tongue, Thagya Min) on the scheduled date.

Astrologists compute when Thagya Min will arrive on the basis of their own secrets about the planetary revolution, the planet and other mystical calculations. Arrivals are forecast to the precise moment, the color of the cape that the Thagya Min will wear, the instruments are in the hand, whether the rain will be good or the crop abundant, which one will be birth on which date of the weeks, is considered happy and what should be done by those who are considered unhappy to conquer the misfortune and even the sense of arriving.

These are all computed, revised and then republished in the so-called "thingyan sar" or thine gyan paper. Townspeople still believe in the prophecies of the whatchamacallit. When the cape is made of solid golden and there are rice rolls in the poor, the crop would be good. If the cape is a thunderbolt in your hand, watch out for your own demise and demolition in the years to come.

It also predicts whether the monsoons will start with strong rainfall or less later, so that the peasants know what to look forward to. Thagya Min may remain on the ground for 3 or 4 whole nights and then return to his heavenly homeland, but MM men greet Thagya Min with some symbol.

After the Thagya Min has returned to the sky, a pan of hot tub containing sheets of green tea and a fistful of weed is placed in front of each of them. Thagya Min has two roles of parchment: one of golden and one of canine.

A good person's name is written on the golden reels, but a poor name would be placed on the dog's hide so that everyone would behave. These are the curious beliefs that still prevail among the Myanmar population even in this period of FACEBOOK and Twinter and intraplanetary travel.

Mehr zum Thema