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Burma - The Golden Land
Myanmar is widely known to the public as "The Gold Land" for its sparkling pagoda. Indeed, the gold coupons are the fewest people in Myanmar. Burma also boasts stylish old architecture, astonishing archeological places, wonderful landscapes such as the snow-capped Himalayas, dense rainforests, splendid seas, magic and powerful streams, pristine unspoilt pristine shores, diverse colourful ethnical cultures and their unbelievable art and crafts.
Myanmar's open-hearted smiles are seen as a more appealing place to visit. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is an unspoilt, tropical island and the biggest nation on the Southeast Asian peninsula, bordering Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. But" Myanmar" stands for the unification of different racial groups with their own tongues and idioms like Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan etc., each of them came from one of the three great immigrants, the Mon-Khmer, the Tibeto-Burman and the Thai-Shan.
Years of self-insulation have left world-class cultural, ecological and archeological heritage virtually intact. It has more than a hundred different ethnical groups that still maintain their traditions and cultures, the true heritage of Myanmar. Burma is still a mystery, pristine, untouched and full of discovery.
Welcome Myanmar to explore its stunning scenery, to experience the heat and charms of its inhabitants and the amazing world.
Myanmar - The Golden Land - Watchtower ONLINE LIBRARY
The " Golden Land " is situated between the mountains, which constitute a true-to-nature boundary with its Asiatic neighbours. Bangladesh and India are in the western part, China in the northern part and Laos and Thailand in the eastern part. Name of this country? Myanmar, formerly Burma. Described by the first colonists as the Golden Land, Myanmar has many abundant resources: crude oils and gases, coppers, tin, silvers, wolfram and other mineral sources, as well as gems such as sapphire, emerald, rubies ogade.
The true treasure of the Golden Land is its human beings. Myanmar's inhabitants are well educated and welcoming. Kids often appeal to older men than uncles and older girls as aunts. Myanmar residents often commented on the smoothness of elderly people's skins. They say one of the reasons for this young complexion is a favourite light golden face lotion from the thanakas.
Sharpening a slice of twig against a rock and add a little bit of tapa, the ladies make a delicate pastry which they distribute on their faces in artful drafts. Myanmar's off-the-shelf male and female gown is the lungie, which is slightly formed into a ring by stitching a two-metre long fabric at its ends.
Visiting the market shows that the Myanmar population is very skilled at weave silks, make jewellery and carve timber. Myanmar's inhabitants are also characterised by the fact that they produce wonderfully decorated lacquer trays, plates andlids. Approximately 85 per cent of Myanmar's population are Buddhists, the rest are mainly Muslims and Christians.
Like in much of Southeast Asia, religious belief is an important part of the life of most Myanmarans. That is why the wives take great pride in not getting too near the friars. Myanmar's early story is sketchy, but it seems that several tribes have emigrated from neighbouring countries.
Obviously the Mon gave the country the name Suvannabhumi, which means "Golden Land". Myanmar's jagged territory kept the Tribals-the countless Tribe and linguistic groups-detached. At the beginning of the nineteenth centuary the British came from the new colonised India. Until 1886 Burma, as Myanmar was then known, was affiliated with British India.
Throughout the Second World War, this country became the centre of fierce struggle, and in a few month, in 1942, a few kings of Japan expelled the Brits. The 250-mile (400 km) route led through barren jungles and mountains to connect Thanbyuzayat in Burma with Nong Pladuk in Thailand. However, Britain's reign was short-lived, as Burma achieved sovereignty over Britain on January 4, 1948.
The United Nations adopted the new name Myanmar on 22 June 1989. Burma has had many capitals over the ages. Mandalay, for example, the Golden Town, is located in the centre of Myanmar. It was the last capitol before the UK invasion, with literally a hundred coupons of each year and a population of 500,000.
The British banned Mindon's follower, King Thibaw, to India in 1885, but they kept the castle intact. Intrepidly, the Myanmar tribe erected an outstanding reproduction of the castle and its magnificent red-golden timber structures in its pristine location. It was another former capitol established in the first millenium of the common era and became one of the highlights of splendour in the eleventh cent. but it was not given up until 200 years later.
Today's capitol, Yangon (officially known as Rangoon until 1989), is a vibrant town of over three million people, dealing with automobiles, busses and open-trucks. Although many old houses, which remind of the English Colonisation, line the broad tree-lined alleys of Yangon, the town' s skyline today comprises contemporary skyscrapers and workrooms.
The Shwedagon, like many old Myanmar structures, was torn apart and destroyed by earthquake and war, and much of it was reconstructed. Some, however, say that the Sule Pagoda is the very heart of Yangon. A hundred and fifty foot (46 m) high, the 2,000-year-old Sule Pagoda is a large, gold street at the intersection of four highways.
Two international Bible studies (as Jehovah's Witnesses were then called) came to Rangoon from India in 1914 looking for men who appreciated a supreme golden spiritually. Jehovah's Witnesses' Indian subsidiary in Bombay oversaw the work there until 1938. The Australian subsidiary took over the work from then until 1940.
Myanmar's first post-war settlement in Rangoon was opened in 1947. The subsidiary was relocated to Inya Road in January 1978. Myanmar Bethel Home is the three-story main house. Myanmar's many indigenous dialects make it an important part of the branch's work.
Jehovah's Witnesses' painstaking work is adding another'Nugget of Gold' to the many treasures of the Golden Land.