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The town of Myitkyina in Northern Burma's Kachin state is mostly inhabited by Jinghpaw-speaking tribal people who are largely Christian, either Catholic or Baptist. This is an exception compared to other parts of Burma (or Myanmar as the government prefers to call it) as most of the population elsewhere is Buddhist. Kachin is relatively peaceful compared to other regions such as the Shan State where there has long been fighting and a movement towards independence. The Myanmar government is cruel and barbaric, but the people of Kachin have managed to maintain an uneasy peace. The region prospers thanks to its close proximity to China and the markets are filled with imported goods, as well as locally produced food grown along the fertile Irriwaddy River which flows beside the town. There is a Catholic seminary where young men are training to be priests. Tourism is just beginning in this picturesque part of the country, and several flights a day come in from Mandalay and the capital Rangoon. On the same visit I passed through both Mandalay and Rangoon to visit temples, monasteries and the famous Shwe Dagon Buddhist pagoda.

- Sean Sprague, Photographer

Burmese Christians
#06mm088, Myanmar Burmese depiction of the Holy Family,  an oil painting by Nyztin  hanging at the Catholic cathedral in Mandalay. SE Asia, Burma, religion, Christian, Christianity, Catholic, art, handicrafts, icon, Child, Children -  SE asia east asia eastern asia southeast asia asians asiatics south-east  Myanmar 2006 burma  burma ,, catholics catholicism christains christianity  ,  Religions religion religious religiousness religiosity theology theological faith faithful doctrine creed conviction belief beliefs philosophy philosophical philosophies theologies beleif belief communion connection creed denomination persuasion sect devotion worship , religious art crafts icons iconography iconographic representations images holy illustrations symbolic symbolism artistic images pictures symbols artistry artistic craftsmanship

06mm088 - Myanmar Burmese depiction of the Holy Family, an oil painting by Nyztin hanging at the Catholic cathedral in Mandalay. SE Asia, Burma, religion, Christian, Christianity, Catholic, art, handicrafts, icon, Child, Children - SE asia east asia eastern asia southeast asia asians asiatics south-east Myanmar 2006 burma burma ,, catholics catholicism christains christianity , Religions religion religious religiousness religiosity theology theological faith faithful doctrine creed conviction belief beliefs philosophy philosophical philosophies theologies beleif belief communion connection creed denomination persuasion sect devotion worship , religious art crafts icons iconography iconographic representations images holy illustrations symbolic symbolism artistic images pictures symbols artistry artistic craftsmanship


Burmese Buddhists
#4172, Elder buddhist monk with novices, Rangoon, Burma.

4172 - Elder buddhist monk with novices, Rangoon, Burma.


Burmese Tribals
#06mm340, Myanmar Kachin tribal chief at start of Irrawaddy River,  Myitkyina,  a largely Kachin community in north Burma near the Chinese border.

06mm340 - Myanmar Kachin tribal chief at start of Irrawaddy River, Myitkyina, a largely Kachin community in north Burma near the Chinese border.


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Burmese Catholic Seminary
#06mm399, Myanmar Boys reciting gospel in candle light at the Catholic pre-seminary at Myitkyina,  a largely Kachin community in north Burma near the Chinese border.

06mm399 - Myanmar Boys reciting gospel in candle light at the Catholic pre-seminary at Myitkyina, a largely Kachin community in north Burma near the Chinese border.


Burmese Temples
#4190, Buddha statues and sleeping monk, Shwe Dagon, Rangoon, Burma.

4190 - Buddha statues and sleeping monk, Shwe Dagon, Rangoon, Burma.



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