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Buddhism in Myanmar

The modern state of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is geographically the largest and westernmost country of mainland Southeast Asia. The vast majority of the Burmese people, regardless of their ethnic affiliation, subscribe to Theravāda Buddhism as their traditional faith. So pervasive is the influence of this religion on the people of Myanmar that it is often said that to be Burmese is to be

Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

Buddhism is practiced by 90% of the Myanmar’s population, and is predominantly of the Theravada tradition. It is the most religious Buddhist country in terms of the proportion of monks in the population and proportion of income spent on religion. Monks, collectively known as the Saṅgha, are venerated members of Burmese society. Among many ethnic groups in Myanmar, Theravada Buddhism is practised in conjunction with