Sanctified Pagodas:Pagodas form a major part of the religious sites in Myanmar. There are plenty of pagodas to visit in the country. Few of them include:
·Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
·Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in Inle Lake
Tranquility of TemplesThere are a considerable good amount of temples in Myanmar. Let us focus on one of the main and very renowned temple in Bagan.
Ananda Temple in BaganThis temple is a wonderful creation of King Kyansittha in the 11th century. It is build with a traditional Mon architectural fashion, and is 35 feet high. It is one of the largest and most beautifully designed temple in Bagan with 30 foot tall Buddha images facing the four cardinal directions that exhibits the four successful wisdoms of Lord Buddha. There is a temple festival that is celebrated in January and February which marks as the biggest event in the city illustrating many traditional performances. Visiting this temple should be a must on your list.
Monks of BurmaMyanmar’s tradition and culture revolves around Buddhism and its teachings. Children in Myanmar are raised as Novice monks from a very early stage. They are made to live and gain their understanding of the culture in the Buddhist monasteries along with all other children forming a very close bond with each other. People in Myanmar honor Buddha’s teachings by chanting and praying throughout the day. This forms as an integral part of their tradition.
Amongst all the Buddhist follower countries, Myanmar has the highest proportion of sacred monks and nuns with around 80 to 90 percent of the population in the country preaching Buddhism as their core religion and practices. From the age of 7, every boy in the country is expected to live in a monastery and learn the Buddhist culture and teachings for a few weeks and return to the normal life willingly. The ethical conduct teaches the children lessons of life.
Worshipping Buddhism in the countryTheravada Buddhism is the main religion and preaching followed in Myanmar. In the life of a common man in Myanmar, the hold of religion is reflected in every aspect of his living and conditions around. Myanmar consists of considerable number of temples and monasteries including a special community of monks. They follow a proverb that states- "To be Burmese is to be Buddhist". Life of people in the country is centralized around the three principles of Buddhism -
Thila that states Morality, Dana that states Charity and B'wana that states Awareness.
To live up to the principles of this religion is not an easy path to follow. However, the people of this country are persisting in their beliefs from past many centuries.
Art showcasing the Buddhist of MyanmarThe presence of Buddhism in Myanmar has led to creation of stunning artwork since long period of time. It is mainly focused on Theravada Buddhism. The Buddhist art began to flourish in Burma with ‘Pyu city states’ where they used to build solid stupas which are now looked upon for building beautiful Burmese temples in the current century. Also, the Pagan Empire developed the stupa style as well as Gu-style hollow temples. The Architectural boom in innovation included the pointed arches, pentagonal temple plan as well as the vaulted chambers.
The images of Buddha are designed in 3 most popular styles - The Ava style, The Mandatory style and The Shan style. All the images are a must watch considering their beautifully formulated styles and designs.
So, get ready backpackers to explore the spiritual state of the Myanmar.