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Myanmar Logo and Motto
Formal descriptions and meanings of the logo: It is a form of a cardio. One is Vatican (yellow and white) and the other (yellow, as well as blue, black and red) is of Myanmar. Myanmar's maps are colorfully drawn like a colorful bow.
Myanmar's diversity is reflected in its eight large tribal groups and another 135 ethnical groups with different tongues, cultures and nationalities.
Rediscovery of the old Burmese motto - Fifty Viss
It may have now been overlooked by the great majority, but Burma, like its South East Asia neighbours, once had an Indian motto, during its short-lived post-1948-62 Parliament. Indeed, Burma's motto, a Pali vers, adorned the state-sign. In Burma/Pali it is as follows:
This motto was traditionally translated into English as: This motto is part of a poem from the Dhammapada (??????), a compilation of verses ascribed to the Buddha, and perhaps the most famous of the Buddhist Theravada writings. Its motto is the last line of vs. 194 of section 14: Buddhavagga (?????????), the Dhammapada.
And in Pali, the whole line is this: It then recites the above line, which has been interpreted into several ways into English. This is my copy of the Dhammapada (Fronsdal, 2008): Lucky is the emergence of Buddha; Lucky is the doctrine of the real Dharma; Lucky is the Sangha' s bliss; Lucky is the glowing practise of those in barmas.
Traditional Myanmar interpretation of the Pali verses is below: A young Burma's new self-sufficient and precarious democratic development was then an incomplete unification of many different ethnic groups, a community of individuals who all share the weight of building a post-colonial nationhood, but are all affected by the effects of Britain's politics of division and domination.
To a certain extent it recalls Indonesia's Indonesian motto, "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika" or "unity in diversity", which comes from an old Java poetry, although the people of Javan make up only 40% of the Indonesian people. But in Burma's case, the nation's creators may have seriously sought to contain Burma's quest for fortune, not through norms of ethnical awareness and identitarianism, but through a common way of thinking, a common view of the present, a feeling of solidaritys.
Unfortunately, more than five years later, the real "harmony", in the simplest meaning of the term, still is difficult to grasp.