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Myanmar People & Culture
Burma's culture is very different from the West's interpretations of life and politics. Burma is the main local currency, although English is widely used in large cities and by the older population. Also there are many different tongues and idioms among the 135 different breeds. The Myanmar is an association of over 100 ethnic groups with their own tongues and idioms, the main ones being Bamar, Chin, Kachin, Shan, Kayah, Kayin, Mon and Rakhine.
Burma encompasses all breeds of Myanmar. Myanmar has a total of 51 million inhabitants, with the Bamar accounting for the largest part of the city. Myanmar's Buddhism is the dominant religious system and Theravada Buddhism is adopted by about 80% of the people. Each man is supposed to wear the robe of the friar at least once in his life, mostly as a young man.
Proper and respectable clothing should be used in all worshiphrines. Although footwear can be used in temples, it should be taken off before you enter the main Buddha picture hermitage. Footwear is usually taken off before you enter a conventional house, which is no longer to be found in contemporary urban homes.
The depiction of the sole of the feet is regarded as insulting, as is the pointing of the foot at persons or items or the contact of persons on the skull. Little gifts are reasonable and are valued, though never anticipated.
Ethnic Diversity and Adaptation to Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar, as in all nations, has its own culture and customs. In Myanmar, the Buddhist religion is at the core of the culture and pervades personal and social lives. The majority of young people are spending quality part of their childhood in monasterial upbringing, and religious and nuns enjoy a venerated place in society: they should not be moved; they are always in the highest available places (for example at a desk or on a coach - often on the roof); and they have the privilege of being free to go by first grade means of transportation, sometimes with their own reserved places.
Christianity is deep-rooted in some parts of Myanmar, especially in hilly frontier areas such as Chin, Kachin and Karen, and often blended with old animistic tradition (as in the remainder of Myanmar). Uncovering clothes is sometimes scorned, although it is becoming more and more frequent among Myanmar mothers. Myanmar's mind and legs are important in the culture of Myanmar, as the highest and lowes points of the bod.
Never place your legs on a table or use them to touch or point. In general, Myanmar's wives should not be affected by men. The time you spend in Myanmar, especially when you travel from the towns, you can see the early morning and evening when most Western people are used to it. And, due to recent deprivation and insularity and regular blackouts, Myanmar's night life is just beginning - although the larger towns, especially Yangon, have a rising number of open nightclubs.
It is important to consider the missing developments when planning a journey to Myanmar and when traveling around the state. Like in many parts of Southeast Asia, good-natured negotiations and price hunting are a big part of Myanmar's culture - although you may find that some sellers will keep their weapons on stupid rates.
People in Myanmar are usually much less in a rush and are more likely to stop helping. Like in many parts of Asia, face protection is very important for the people of Myanmar.
One of Myanmar's less attractive features for westerly eye is perhaps bead-biting. People in Myanmar use this gentle drug, which causes redness and decay of Myanmar's teeths and a lot of spewing, leading to the common appearance of scarlet spots on Myanmar's road.
Occurrences of other kinds of strange behaviors can sometimes occur due solely to Myanmar's recent record of isolating and ignorance of the outside environment. While Myanmar is undergoing drastic reforms, it is becoming simpler to speak frankly about policy. For more information about Myanmar, its policies and past, go to Myanmar.
While Myanmar is a social conservatism nation and technical homogeneity is still unlawful, the image of the GGBT fellowship is increasing and it is unlikely that problems will arise - although of course in more distant parts of the nation there may be differences in attitude and open indications of apathy. Taungbyone Nat (spirit) Festival (see Mandalay for more details) is one of the largest in Myanmar and draws many homosexual, lesbian and transsexual visitors.
Advices for unaccompanied travelers can be found under Secure Travels and Safety.