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post Oct 27 2008, 10:49 PM
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Myanmar , is now becoming well known in the southeast region because of Nargis Cyclone. It is recovering and rehabilitation process is being implemented by UN , INGOs and NGOs . They , very reliable organizations are helping victims by supporting aids that coming from your contributions all parts of the world. This is also chance to show your sympathy and to support your contributions directly to the victims now in the effective areas in delta region.

As myamar is culture base country in ASEAN . It passed long history and left archaeological sites in the country. Moreover it has thirty national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are unspoiled and untouched .

BAGAN , the most famous and prominent site is identified a world heritage site by UNESCO in the past. BAGAN is over 900 yrs old ancient city , contemporary to the time of the birth of the England , to ANGKOR WAT and it was declined by the MONGOL Emperor KUBLAI KHAN Ďs warriors invasion at in end of 13 rd. century . Over 2000 Buddhist religious edifices at one spot ( plain land ) situate beside the bank of the great river AYE YAR WADDY .

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Now it is revoked from the list of world heritage sites unfortunately at where art (stucco , carving , mural painting ) and Architectures related to indianized influent hybrid culture would be learned.

Therefore you donít miss to feel conceptual though of the past and to look aesthetic views of the present.

Myanmar is also one of Buddhist countries in Southeast Asia region . All over the world 400 millions of world population are people who fallow the Buddhism path. In Buddhist countries Myanmar is leading Buddhist countries in the religion . And distributing Buddhist way of thinking to the world especially to the west.. In here there are many meditation centres opening and inviting every body who want to study Buddhism . You can look and test what is Buddhist people thought in their life and what is people practicing to stand the eight nature attacks and sufferings of existence and to gain way of liberalization along their life.
Hereunder are some comments of intellectuals from outside on Buddhism .

This is the blossom on our human tree which opens in many a myraid years but opened, fills the world with wisdom's secnt and love's dropped honey.
( Sir Edwin Arnold , " Light of Asia " )

The Budha is not a property of buddhists only.He is the property of whol mankind.His teaching is common to everybody . Every religion , which came into existence after the Buddha, has borrowed many good ideas from the Buddha.
( A Muslim Scholar )

The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion.It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology . Covering both the natural and the spiritual , it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things , natural and spritual , as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description.
( Albert Einstein )
Of the great reiligons of history i prefer Buddhism , especially in its earlist forms, because it has had the smallest element of persecution.
( Bertrand Russell )

Dos and Donts in Myanmar
Typical Character

* Friendly, helpful, honest,
* Treat everyone with respect and you will be respected.


* When addressing people, don't leave out U @ Oo (which stands for Mr) or Daw (which stands for Ms/Mrs).
* Speak slowly and clearly.


* Not always necessary to shake hands.
* Don't hug or kiss in public.
* Don't touch any adult on the head.
* Don't step over any part of a person, as it is considered rude.
* Accept or give things with your right hand.
* In Myanmar, unlike the Indian continent, nodding means YES, and shaking head means NO.


* For hygiene reasons, eat only in decent restaurants. When not available, always eat heated food.
* Donít eat food purchased from street vendors.
* Don't drink tap water.
* Drink only bottled water and soft drinks that haven't been opened yet.
* Let the oldest be served first.
* Chinese food is common and suggested.
* Myanmar food are often complained as 'oily'.
* To try good Myanmar food, go to decent restaurants in Yangon area, where they cook Myanmar food according to international standards.


* When buying gems, sculptures, or any expensive souvenir, make sure it comes with an export permit. You need to bring voucher when you pass immigration before departure .
* Buy arts from authorized dealers only and get a certified receipt.


* Don't leave expensive items in your room. Use safe deposit box.
* But generally you are safe on the streets.
* Beware of cheats, swindlers, imposters.


* Stay away from narcotic drugs. Drug trafficking would be punished death penalty.
* Carry some medicines for diarrhea. And repellent and sun block lotion .
* If sick, don't worry. All doctors are English literate.
* Health insurance is not available.


* Accept that facilities may not be the best.
* On trains, keep windows shut.
* Speed or distance descriptions are in miles, not kilometers. We still use British system so far.
* Carry toilet paper in your bag. Normally toilet are not suit for Europeans.


* Most Myanmar do not wear shoes in their homes. Take off when visiting. There is no in house shoe.

Moving About

* Don't jay walk. Watch where you walk and what you step on.
* If driving, city speed limit is 30 mph. Drive on the right side.


* At religious places, remove footwear and stocks too, but to remove headwear is not necessary.
* Avoid shouting or laughing while people are doing religious services.
* Avoid being a nuisance when taking photographs.
* Treat Buddha images with respect.
* Tuck away your feet. Don't point it toward the pagoda or a monk.
* Don't play loud music in these areas. Note that Buddhist monks are not allowed to listen to music.
* Do not put Buddha statues or images on the floor or somewhere inappropriate.
* Don't touch sacred objects with disrespect. Hold them in your right-hand, or with both hands.
* Leave a donation when possible.
* Show respect to monks, nuns, and novices (even if they are children). D
* don't offer your hand to shake hands with a monk.
* Sit lower than a monk and elders.
* Don't offer food to a monk, nun, or a novice after noon time.
* A woman should not touch a monk.

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post Oct 28 2008, 09:40 AM
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Very cool, thank you for that information.

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