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
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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
4172 - Elder buddhist monk with novices, Rangoon, Burma.
06mm340 - Myanmar Kachin tribal chief at start of Irrawaddy River, Myitkyina, a largely Kachin community in north Burma near the Chinese border.
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.
4190 - Buddha statues and sleeping monk, Shwe Dagon, Rangoon, Burma.