ARTS AND CULTURE

KACHIN MANAW FESTIVAL

Posted by on Jan 8, 2012 in Arts and Culture | 0 comments

KACHIN MANAW FESTIVAL

By: Harry Hpone Thant Kyezu Kabar Sai Yaw (Thanks Be To You) Since the dawn of time people had thanked Mother Earth for providing them with food and shelter. Communities hold ceremonies to mark and thank Mother Earth for the bountiful harvest she had provided for the previous year and to pray for the same in the years to come. December brings in the icy winds across the high summits and by January winter is already in the northern regions of Myanmar. But by that time the harvest has been gathered and new fields must be readied for the next...

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Salone: Sea Gypsies of Myanmar

Posted by on Jan 18, 2011 in Arts and Culture | 0 comments

There are many theories as to their origin. One source says they are of Austronesian ethnic group. Another says they migrated from southern China some 4,000 years ago It was speculated that in the late 17th century, while moving through what now is Malaysia, this group split off from others and made the sea their habitat. And more recently, Jacques Ivanoff, a Frenchman who had studied these nomads of the sea, had categorized them as the spearhead of a littoral civilization that began colonizing the Taninthayi region from the south, escaping...

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Burmese Folk Music Is Fading Out

Posted by on Dec 29, 2010 in Arts and Culture | 0 comments

Listeners turn to foreign genres, rejecting folk songs often associated with the military regime. A school, though, is scrambling to save what’s left of a rich tradition. Reporting from Yangon, Myanmar — U Tin cut his teeth as a musician playing Burmese folk songs for silent movies, which in this time warp of a country remained popular well into the 1950s. The 80-year-old recalls the challenge of playing guitar, watching the conductor and looking at the screen simultaneously, four shows a day. Periodically they’d mess up...

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DANCING ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP

Posted by on Dec 7, 2010 in Arts and Culture | 0 comments

DANCING ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP

by: Harry Hpone Thant   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 favors of Mother Earth for the bountiful harvests. These festivals and celebrations are held in many forms by various communities and clans on earth mostly after harvest times. One of these is the New Year Festival held annually in January by our Naga cousins who live on the high mountain peaks of northwestern Myanmar. Many Naga clans live...

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THE COLORFUL DRESSES OF THE PALAUNG MAIDENS

Posted by on Nov 19, 2010 in Arts and Culture | 0 comments

THE COLORFUL DRESSES OF THE PALAUNG MAIDENS

by: Harry Hpone Thant There are more than 130 different ethnic groups making Myanmar their home. And each and every group has its distinctive traditional dresses. The dresses also reflect their beliefs in their origin, which they lovingly tell and re-tell at every occasion. Palaungs are scattered all over the Shan States. Mostly they engage in the planting and curing of tea leaves. According to some accounts they are distinguished into Ngwe (Silver) and Shwe (Gold) Palaungs. Gold Palaungs live around Kyaukme, Namsan in the Northern Shan State...

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