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Buddhism, Animism and the Mystical Towns of Central Myanmar

December 11, 2018 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: ,

Embark on a journey with Khiri Travel Myanmar along old-world trails from the ancient city of Bagan to discover the hidden gems of central Myanmar. The route will take you down sandy tracks and along riverbanks, where you will encounter a colourful and seemingly never ending procession of people going to work on foot or by motorbike, women carrying heavy loads on their heads, children in their school uniforms on their way to school, or ox carts squeezing past oncoming traffic.

On the way, stop off to discover the living myths of Pakannge village, a small long-established community that was set up by people originally from Bagan who didn’t want to follow the strict Buddhist rules forced upon them by the first king of Bagan, but instead wanted to continue to follow animist beliefs. Learn from locals how millennium-old animist’s traditions are still very much alive and exist side by side with Buddhism.

Salay, the birthplace of Myanmar’s most celebrated writer U Ponnya is a small Bagan-era village 35 km south of Bagan that is rooted in the 12th and 13th centuries, when Bagan’s influence spread. Still an active religious center today, it is home to some 50 monasteries. Much like the poems of U Ponnya are reminiscent of a bygone age, this charming little town also brings the intricate centuries-old wood carvings of Salay Monastery to life along with the town’s colonial architecture. Walk around the town exploring the monasteries, temple ruins and colonial buildings before embarking on a relaxing private cruise back to Bagan, up the majestic Irrawaddy River.

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