Myanmar Culture and ReligionBurma Culture and Religion
Atlas of culture - Myanmar (Burma) Culture
In Myanmar, religion is an important element of living and crucial to the notion of one' s own personality. The majority of Myanmar residents are Buddhists (87.9%). In general, a person's worship is linked to his or her race. While most Bamar are Buddhists, those who belong to minorities usually belong to ethnical minorities.
The Kachin, Chin and Naga peoples are dominated by Christianity. It' also widely practiced among the Karen and Karenni, although many Karen and Karenni are Buddhists and some are Karen animists or Muslims. The Islam is widespread among the indigenous people, the Kaman and Rohingya as well as some Bamar.
The Buddhism is closely connected with the notion of the burmesian nationalities. Burma's Buddhist nationism was heavily politicized at the beginning of the twentieth-century because of its part in the British independentism. Religion's part in the ascent of the nation has also been reinforced by the differences in ethnicity between the nuclear consequences (most of Buddhism is Bamar, while Christians and Muslims in general belong to ethnical minorities).
Minorities have been arrested and imprisoned, subject to limitations on the exercise of religion and various types of discriminatory practices. Whilst the level of repression has been considered to have been diminished since the elections of Aung San Suu Kyi and her political group, this has only been the case for some groups. At present, it is particularly hostile and inhuman to a small Moslem group - the Rohingya.
Governments restrict their practices of religion, marriages, travelling and educational opportunities and prevent them from working in welfare work. A few extreme buddhistic rulers frankly encourage animosity towards them. Buddhism is the most outstanding type of Buddhism in Myanmar. Buddhism's three components convey a feeling of instability within Burma's community by providing a framework for embedding daily life practices.
Sangha ( "the Buddha Order", which comprises civilized friars, monastics and/or novices) is an important institutional body in Myanmar. Buddha is not seen as "God" in the Christendom in Myanmar (and Therav?da Buddhism in general). The dedication to the Buddha is more like the reverence a disciple has for a schoolteacher.
Buddhism is one of a kind in Myanmar because it involves the adoration of the mind (nat). Christendom is the second biggest religion in Myanmar. Most of their supporters are tribal minority groups who have been proselytized through Europe's mission work in their area. It is also a common way of worshipping on Martyrs' Sunday.
There are many different types of tattoos, for example, some folks may have tattoos on skins for magic custody. Although the vast majority of Myanmar's tribal peoples have become Buddhism, Christianity or Islam, they often integrate animistic convictions into their understandings of organized religion, healthcare and everyday living. All over the land there are natural sanctuaries where human beings can offer shelter and prosperity.
Also many Karen believe that the advantages of ghosts can be found through ritual - such as guard ghosts (ther myng khae). There are many Karen and Karenni who believe that a human being has a number of minds that are named "kla" and can escape for various causes (e.g. in the context of a spiritual breakdown).
They can try to keep the claw by putting a holy cord around someone's wrists. Several Karen also believe in an ubiquitous, unknow whole power called'pgho' and non-Christian Chins may believe in'hnam', an evils mind that lives in them. There are some who can wear the hair of an elephant's tails to fight off it.