Published on January 2nd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
Facty things: 10 facts about Burma
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Burma‘s a place of much history, much beauty and many facts.
1. WORLD AT WAR
Burma was ruled by a supressive military junta between 1962-2011. The rulers were accused of massive human rights abuses.
2. BOXING FOR BLOOD
Boxing is undertaken as a sport all around Burma. The rules are a littler harsher than we’re used to, though, with the victor being the fighter who draws blood first.
3. CUTTING CORNERS
Superstitions abound in Burma – one states that you shouldn’t have your hair cut on a Monday, Friday or your birthday.
4. SECRET WINE
It’s a little-known fact that Burma has quite a reputation as a producer of wine.
5. NAMING RIGHTS
Burma’s traditional name is Myanmar. The ruling military junta changed the name to Burma in 1989, a change which was recognised by the United Nations, but not the likes of the United States and UK. Within the country, Myanmar is considered a formal name and Burma a less formal, everyday term.
6. FLORA AND FAUNA
Burma boasts 100 bird species, 300 reptile species, 300 known species of mammal, and about 7000 varieties of plant.
7. BUDDHISM IN BURMA
Burma is 18.2% Buddhist, with other religions including Christianity (5%), Islam (3.8%) and Spiritualism (1.2%)
8. A BIT RACEY
The Union of Myanmar consists of 135 national races, and the population is estimated at around 52.4 million.
9. MAY-BE GO IN JUNE
May and June are Burma’s warmest months, with temperatures averaging around 33 degrees celsius.
10. BAGAN FOR TEMPLES
Over the course of about 250 years, around 10,000 temples and religious monuments were built in Bagan. That is a lot of temples of religious monuments.