The history of these rare classical Burmese artworks dates back to the 19th century in Myanmar and can easily be traced through books and photographs. Seeing the artwork in person, however, proved to be somewhat of a challenge.
Centuries after her blameless life and lonely death, Princess Naw Bu Baw is still looking out for the people of her native Thandaung township. Commemorated by a giant cross on its highest peak, Dawpharkho (also known as Bwehikho), nearly 5000 feet above sea level, the princess makes the wishes of those who make the pilgrimage to revere her come true. Or so they say.
Legend has it that people used to be much taller and stronger than they are now. There are two outsize footprints attributed to the Buddha at the famous Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda in Upper Myanmar, that would seem to support the notion.
“There they are. The Belu,” he said. I had travelled to Bago, the former royal capital of the Taungoo Dynasty, in search of these fearsome beasts. Legend has it that the Belu, giant ogre-like monsters, once roamed the land, eating man and woman alike.
Game developer Total Gameplay Studio is planning to release new game entitled Rage of Rama next month, based on the massively popular League of Legends game – but featuring familiar characters from legends and folklore native to Myanmar.
Ko Sai, 26, has never used a condom, and wouldn’t know how to if he tried. Like most people in Myanmar, he received no formal sexual education at school. What he does know – from advertising and his friends – is that condoms are useful for preventing infection with HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Ko Sai is not alone. Many Myanmar men are reluctant to use condoms due to a range of factors, including traditional beliefs about monogamy and a lack of sex education.
Chit Oo Nyo’s novel Linkadipa Chitthu (Lover from Linka Island) is a historical novel based on the Ramayana. But, unlike the original text, in which Ravana is depicted as an evil demon, readers of Linkadipa Chitthu are encouraged to pity for Ravana.