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CUSTOMS, CONVENTIONS AND ETIQUES IN MYANMAR
Myanmar is a very open and kind nation, especially to tourists. However, it is seen as inappropriate to loose one's composure or to show much emotions in it. A number of customs and traditions date from the colonisation of Britain. Burma continues to use English bookkeeping and judicial regimes. Myanmar residents should never point their foot at anyone, especially not at a Buddha or picture or an older individual or even a photo of an older one.
Showing someone with your hands is seen as an extreme outrage. Some Western people's habits of seating on a seat and placing their legs on the desk may not be the best thing to do at home, but in Myanmar it is regarded as an outrage. 1 ) Never lift your lingerie over your skull.
That' called very impolite. 2 ) Never wipe your legs in the pool where you have cleaned your face and your palms. 3 ) Never use the bottled tap for washing your legs. Burmese will consider this an offense. 4 ) Never place your legs on the cushion or seat on the cushion.
5 ) Never use your legs to point at a thing or place. That' an offence to a Myanmar. 6 ) Never touching a person's coat, scalp or cheeks, even if you consider it a kind butt. Burmese would not think it kind and will think you impolite.
7) Do not point your legs towards Buddha's picture, elderly people or any holy place. It' better not to point your legs at anyone. 8 ) It is very rude to report something with the jaw or the ankle. 9 ) Do not cross a bridge when someone is running over it, so that their legs do not stand over their heads.
Smiling is a customary culture of the Myanmar tribe. Slightly bowing the skull is the usual way to welcome others. It' especially scorned to contact someone older than yourself, on your face or on someone of the opposite gender.
In Myanmar, the welcoming, which consists of a light obeisance in which the faces of the hand are compressed as if in prayers - known in Thailand as Vai, in India as Namaste, in Laos as North and in Cambodia as Sate - is generally not used. He is also known as" Shikho" or" Shiko" - the" Myanmar knee position with bandaged arms and bent heads in front of a superior".
" orge Orwell described a figure "bowing and brow-tapping the ground, in full shifto of complete humiliation. There is a similar custom, named dam haa, in the Lanna area of northern Thailand, especially during Songkran, the Thai New Year. 1 ) It is regarded as inappropriate to loose one's self-control or to show much emotions in general.
2 ) Do not cross a bridge when someone walks over it, so that their legs do not stand over their heads. 3 ) In general, young persons are encouraged to bend down when they cross the road in front of the elderly. It' s (or was) impolite to go in front of old men without bending your skull. 4 ) In some places you spew out whole kidney juices (see Betelnut and smoking).
Indications of affections are scorned, pairs of the same gender often go together or with their armpits around each other. So it is usual for a friend to go around with his palms or poor, but pairs seldom do, except in big citys. But in Myanmar it is not an accepted practice for men and women to show sympathy in the open by embracing or kissing. In Myanmar, however, it is not an accepted practice for men and women to show sympathy in the open.
A man should never handle a girl, not even to hold her. As soon as a wife makes a gift, she will take her to a place where the friar can bring her back, rather than giving her directly. Lingerie can be a delicate subject in Myanmar. Do not lift your lingerie over your heads. That' called very impolite.
Handwashing is often done by handwash. When you have your clothes washed in a guest house, some folks are offended to have them washed under your clothes. And if you washed them in a pail, don't do it in the washbasin. If you are going to dry your lingerie, do it in a discrete place and do not put it up so that it is at or above your heads, as it is considered filthy and rude when part of your lower part of your skin is higher than your skull.
At Lake Inle, cloth for monks' coats is made from lozenge handles. Usually the offering contains three or five banana leaves, a banana nut and Eugenia twigs. If you talk to a friar, try to keep your mind lower than his. You can do this by slightly bending or seated.
In busses and trams, humans usually hand over their seats to a monk. Tell the men to take off their boots and stockings before they enter a sanctuary and let parasols outside. It is also the expectation of our guests that they are properly clothed. Circumnavigate Buddhist memorials always aclockwise, holding the Buddhist symbols to your right (this is more important in Tibet and the Himalayas than in Southeast Asia).
Photographing Buddhist sculptures or pictures is regarded as sacrilege. The Buddha pictures are holy objects and you should not posture in front of them or point your to them. Many locals use the "mermaid pose" to hold their legs back when seated.
Taking photos of Buddha pictures is regarded as irreverent, but in turn is accepted by international visitors. Prayer is done by prostration or by bending with the palms clutched to the forehead from a sitting or sitting posture in front of a Buddha-painting. A lot of pilgrims go to different shrines, leave burnt joss sticks and pray at each one.
The majority of humans are communicating indirectly. The Myanmar population recognizes that aliens go different ways and embrace them as such, but at the same times they appreciate it very much when they try to show due regard for their cultures and labels. When handing over or getting a present, always do so with both your hand.
It is even a tradition that the Myanmar tribe has embraced by giving and accepting them. When you visit a house in Myanmar, you should take off your boots at the doors. The more urban residents can find that a courteous try to take off your footwear shows enough respect, but still not walking on carpet.
It is also said that humans take off their boots when they visit churches and marshes. They will be taken out of Myanmar before they enter the area. When handing over or getting a present, always do so with both your hand. It is even a tradition that the Myanmar tribe has embraced by giving and accepting them.
The use of bedding means that sleepers are more likely to be sleeping on the sheet of a sheet than under it. When humans are cool, they use a rug, many humans launder their legs before going to sleeping. 1 ) Do not go on rugs, not even with shoes, rugs are often used for seating; 2) Do not carry the hut in the home, except for walking; 3) Do not be picky when you are a customer; 4) Do not return a customer at your doorstep if he does not endanger you; 5) Customers are often shown picture galleries of your families outings or important home outings.
It is common for older people to be eaten first and cough, sneeze or sneeze at the dinner is unacceptable. Do not use toothpicks without putting your hands over your teeth or sitting at the top of the desk unless you are the oldest one there.
In deference, the oldest are always serviced first before the others join in; even if the oldest are not present, the first piece of bread is taken from the pan and put aside as an act of deference to the parent, a practice known as u cha (lit. first serve).
A lot of folks have a meal with their palms. When this is the case, you use your right finger to feed. Houses and restuarants in communities have eating desks and seats, some eating with forks and spoons. The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Times of London, Lonely Planet Guides, The Irrawaddy, Myanmar Travel Information Compton's Encyclopedia, The Guardian, National Geographic, Myanmar Travel Information, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Reuters, AP, AFP, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, Global Viewpoint (Christian Science Monitor), Foreign Policy, Burmallibrary, United States.