Burmese Culture and Traditions

Myanmar Culture and Traditions

Myanmar's history and culture are strongly based on its conservative Buddhist beliefs and the early kingdom of Pagan. In combination with the number of ethnic groups and traditions, Myanmar is a unique destination in Southeast Asia. The Burmese are a very friendly and open-minded people, especially towards visitors. It is Christianity, Islam and Hinduism that are also practised in many parts of the country, but it is Buddhism that is most evident in daily life in Myanmar. Myanmar's unique customs and traditions have been well preserved by the influence of modern life.

Burma Culture & Tradition

The noviciation ceremonial is the one and only feature in Myanmar. These ceremonies usually take place during academic vacations, usually during the March and April summers before the Aquaplan. Myanmar traditionally requires young people to join the Order of Buddhism for a period of a weeks or more. Myanmar Buddha ist traditionally obligatory for all young people older than eight to twenty years to join the order as novices for a whole weeks or more and over twenty as ordained monks.

They will be shaved in the afternoons and they will join the order. Beside them are monks and novices carrying a gold screen and a group of young women carrying ornate offertory following them in a row. The music troupe and their cheerful dancers make all the fun and mock the girl.

Puppeteering is the most beloved show in Myanmar's art and culture. The first things the visitor will see at some point are the faces of girls of all age groups and kids covered in yellowish-white substances. They are proud to be told the "Thanaka", the mystery of Myanmar's woman's beauty.

A Myanmar woman's bed room on the bottom next to the vanity top features an 8" long thinaka woodcut, a round shallow grindstone and a small flask of hot tap with a pored lids. Following a soak, she sets herself against the grindstone and rubs the thinaka cut with continuous circling movements onto the grindstone using her own personal exertion.

Due to the rubbing of water-soaked whetstones and the Thanaka wooden rind, the compound is formed on the grindstone. Once enough compound of Thanaka has settled on the grindstone, it has accumulated with the index finger and applied to the face and foreground. The Thanaka is truly an organically produced medicine for a multi-purpose disease of the dermis.

It was used by females to transplant seeds from rices in the paddies in July and August under the influence of the tropics. As protection against unbearably warm sunrays the females are wearing a thick Thanaka on their faces and ankles. Thanaka is used for the urban girl as a naturally make-up and scented flavor.

They wanted to say that Theanaka is the saints' present to the Myanmar people. This is because thanakas grow very poorly on infertile soils in the dry Upper Burma area, where there is little rain. Tanaka are shrubs and must be 35 years old to be ripe enough to produce high grade cutting.

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