Local traditions and culture in Yangon Division

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    El día que naciste-Your born day

    by elpariente Updated Aug 19, 2006

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    En función del día de la semana en que naciste te asocian un animal y en los templos hay altares donde se hace el ritual de verter vasos de agua sobre la imágen del Buda y de tu animal astrológico, pidiéndoles lo que se quiere ser en la próxima generación

    Mercedes nació en martes asi que su animal es el León y el mío que nací en viernes es el Cerdo de Guinea

    Domingo Ga lone( el rey de los pajaros)
    Lunes Tigre
    martes León
    miécoles - mañana Elefante sin colmillo
    Miércoles-tarde Elefante con colmillo
    Jueves Ratón
    Viernes Cerdo de guinea
    Sábado dragón

    Depending on the week day that you were born they associate you an animal and in the temples there are altars where they make the ritual of pouring water to the Buddha image and to your astrological animal , asking them what you want to be in the next generation

    Mercedes was born on Tuesday so her animal is the lion and I was born on Friday and mine is the Guinea pig

    ga-lone SUNDAY ( King of the birds )
    tiger MONDAY
    lion TUESDAY
    elephant without a tusk WEDNESDAY- morning and afternoon
    elephant with a tusk WEDNESDAY- evening
    mouse THURSDAY
    guinea pig FRIDAY
    dragon SATURDAY

    Cerdo de Guinea- Guinea Pig Le��n-Lion Le��n 2-Lion 2 Devotas

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    Libertad - Freedom

    by elpariente Updated Aug 19, 2006

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    En muchos templos venden pajaritos para que los compres y los dejes sueltos
    Simboliza como debe volar nuestro esp?ritu libremente y no debe estar enjaulado

    In many temples they sell birds in order that you let them to go free
    It means how our spirit must fly freely and must not be in a cage

    Vendiendo pajaritos- Birds seller

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    Tobacco Free Zone

    by herzog63 Written Sep 3, 2003

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    Outside of some of the schools I noticed that they had the "Tobacco Free Zone" signs. Which is good to teach the kids. But I felt that they need to teach the kids the Betul Nut is bad for you too. Maybe worse than smoking!! I'm not sure...But the people that chew it believe that it is actually good for you!! Dang! It rots their teeth out! I'm sure their stomach looks pretty terrible too!!

    Tobacco free zone
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    Thanakha

    by herzog63 Written Sep 3, 2003

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    Most of the women in Myanmar wore Thanakha on there faces and arms. It is a yellowish paste that is used for a bunch of different stuff...Sun Block , Skin Conditioner and make up...at first it looked odd to me but after a while it looked kind of nice!! LOL I was thinking about getting some for my wife but I don't think she would have used it!!
    I took this shot of the lady working at a small hardware store that sold car batteries, TV antenaes and the nylon bags that you see her folding. I bought one of those bags from her to pack some of the extra souvenirs that I bought.

    Hardware Store
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    Living life on the Ayerwaddy

    by herzog63 Written Sep 3, 2003

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    There are many of these types of smaller boats that have a small covering and they haul a small amount of cargo and are rowed by hand! The driver sits in the stern of the boat and crosses the oars to power them. I think it must be very hard to do this as the river is very powerful.

    Life on the River
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    Sitting around and chatting at days end

    by herzog63 Written Sep 3, 2003

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    In the evenings I saw quite a few groups like this just sitting around enjoying the conversation and eating. It appeared to be a street stall type eatery but the people either were very friendly or they all knew each other. Maybe they all lived on the same street and just enjoyed eating there. This shot is taken on Merchant Street.

    early evening chatting
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    Making a phone call

    by herzog63 Written Sep 3, 2003

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    I'm not sure how the phone booths work in Myanmar as there weren't any coins being used when I visited...only paper money..so I'm guessing that phone cards are used. If anyone knows for sure you can let me know and I'll update this.

    Phone Booth
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    Hindu Shrine

    by herzog63 Written Sep 3, 2003

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    Many different religions are represented in Yangon. There didn't appear to be any restrictions on religous beliefs that I could see. I saw this Hindu Shrine on Merchant street near the river. Just off Merchant street near this shrine there was a big Muslim Mosque so it appeared that all beliefs tolerated each other....Which is very nice to see!

    Hindu Shrine
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    Set up shop under shade trees

    by herzog63 Written Sep 3, 2003

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    In the city it will be hard to find a tree that is on a street corner without a business of some sort set up under it!! I guess it cuts down on the cost of buying shades. The only problem that I saw with a few of the trees had lot's of birds in them....and we all know what birds drop from the sky!!

    Yangon street corner
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    Good Luck Tradition

    by peerapa Written May 12, 2005

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    When you travel at Pagoda...Don't forgot to bang the bell with the wooden stick 3 times for Good Luck tradition. ;)

    bang the bell
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    Holy Trinity Cathedral

    by herzog63 Written Sep 3, 2003

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    Houses of worship of every kind here in Yangon. The Holy Trinity's spires rise high up into the skyline. There are also many nuns around Yangon spreading the word.....

    Holy Trinity Cathedral
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    Mailbox

    by herzog63 Written Sep 3, 2003

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    I thought the mailbox was very interesting as it didn't have any Roman Script at all on it! I don't know what time letter pick up was! I only used a Post Office one time in Myanmar.

    Myanmar Post Box
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    Sri Kali Temple

    by herzog63 Written Sep 3, 2003

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    Upon seeing the Sri Kali Temple I was reminded of the Temples of Madurai and Madras India. Of course not as grand as those but very nice.

    Sri Kali
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