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The Shwe Set Taw Pagoda Festival(ေရႊစက္ ေတာ္ ဘု ရားပြဲ)

3 Mar

Upper Set Taw Yar (အ ထက္ စက္ ေတာ္ရာ) Shwe Set Taw (The Golden Footprints) pagoda is one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar. Actually there are two pagodas: the Auk Set Taw Ya or the Lower and the Ahtet Set Taw Ya, the Upper. Lower Set Taw Ya(ေအာက္ စက္ ေတာ္ရာ) The pagoda history tells us that [...]

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Is It A Dragon’s Lair?

30 Jan

IS IT A DRAGON’S LAIR? THE NAGA PYWET TAUNG AT MINBU Long, long time ago, even before Buddhism had taken roots in Myanmar people were awed with the forces of nature: the clashing of thunder and bolts of lightning that flashed in the sky must be of Gods fighting in heaven, the visitation of illnesses [...]

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Was That A Hinmyo?

2 Jul

Sir, I think a hinmyo approached our camp last night” the leader of our team of forest rangers excitedly said to me, poking his head into my tent. “Say again?” I groggily replied. The cobwebs had not cleared from my brains completely and the sun had still not appeared. Hinmyo is the traditional name in Myanmar given [...]

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AS THE BLACK FACE WEEPS(မ်က္ ႏွာ မဲ ၾကီး ငို လိမ့္ မယ္)

12 May

AS THE BLACK FACE WEEPS(မ်က္ ႏွာ မဲ ၾကီး ငို လိမ့္ မယ္) “The black face will weep and the dead shall come to life”. That usually means that the black monsoon clouds had gathered to bring the much needed rain on the parched land and the dead vegetation and the hibernating animals, like the frogs, will [...]

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MOE YWA YIN MOE YAY CHO MAE(မိုး ရြာ ရင္ မိုး ေရ ခ်ိဳး မယ္)

5 May

MOE YWA YIN MOE YAY CHO MAE (WE SHALL PLAY IN THE RAINS) “Moe Ywa Yin Moe Yay Cho Mae”, that is a ditty that every Myanmar child knows. As Myanmar is a monsoonal country and enjoys abundant rains it is not a surprise that all children love playing and splashing about in the rains. [...]

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Sailing On The Chindwin

25 Mar

Sailing On The Chindwin “The main tributary of the Ayeyarwaddy River flowing in from the west is the Chindwin River”, so has all Myanmar school children learnt about the Chindwin in their geography lessons.But unlike the Ayeyarwaddy, the Chindwin is wild and rough, an angry brother to the mighty Ayeyarwaddy.For centuries the angry waters of [...]

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The Shwe Set Taw Pagoda Festival(ေရႊစက္ ေတာ္ ဘု ရားပြဲ)

21 Feb

Upper Set Taw Yar (အ ထက္ စက္ ေတာ္ရာ) Shwe Set Taw (The Golden Footprints) pagoda is one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar. Actually there are two pagodas: the Auk Set Taw Ya or the Lower and the Ahtet Set Taw Ya, the Upper. Lower Set Taw Ya(ေအာက္ စက္ ေတာ္ရာ) The pagoda history tells [...]

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The Yinns:Still Proud In Their Culture

22 Jan

A pictorial book on our little known ethnic cousins, the “Yinn” found in Namsan township(Southern Shan State), now available in Yangon.

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Dancing On The Mountain Top

11 Jan

Naga warriors Since the emergence of civilizations the Earth has been the provider of both food and shelter for the humans. In return festivals are celebrated annually to thank and return the favours of Mother Earth for the bountiful harvests. These festivals and celebrations are held in many forms by various communities and clans on [...]

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MOU on Ayeyarwady Dolphin Conservation Extended For Another 5 Years

5 Oct

The New York based Wildlife Conservation Society(WCS) and Fisheries Department of Myanmar had signed a MOU to extend the Ayeyarwady dolphin conservation activities for another 5 years. For details go to: http://www.myanmar.mmtimes.com/2012/news/589/news22.html source:Myanmar Times(Myanmar version)

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