Thursday, April 16, 2015

AtoZBlogChallenge:N is for Nuns

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My theme this year is Burma AKA Myanmar. I used to live in Laos, so this was a return to Southeast Asia that I looked forward to. I spent a little over three weeks exploring this country, learning a bit about its culture: its history, religion, and language. I thought others might enjoy some of what I learned and see some of what I saw.
Nuns' Robes are a Brilliant Pink


There are about 30,000 Nuns in modern Burma. They're called Sila-Rhan meaning "owners of virtue." While all male Buddists become either novice monks when they're children or monks when they are adults, not all females are compelled to enter the monastery, even for a brief period. 

On this day, I was in a market and the Nuns came through singing with their begging bowls. I contributed 50Kyat (pronounced CHAT) to their bowl and snapped a picture. I wish I had the singing to share. It was a beautiful chant.




Burma is all about Color, Even in Nun Robes
Young Nun Shopping
Answer to M
T 1. Mandalay was the last royal capital in Burma. (When the British took over Burma, they exiled King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat. There would never be another royal capital in Burma after November 1885.)

T 2. Mandaly was occupied by the Japanese for three years following a heavy air assault on the city. (The Japanese destroyed over half of the homes in Mandalay and sent people fleeing into the countryside. The conquerors remained in control from 1941 to 1945.)

NOW what do you know about nuns in Burma?
T/F 1. All women in Burma are required to become nuns and follow the tradition of what is called the bhikkhunis. 

T/F 2. Nuns have an equal status with monks.

Answers tomorrow.

39 comments:

  1. I guess they all have to shave their heads, huh?

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  2. I love that their robes are pink! All of the colors in your photos are incredible.

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  3. Those are very pink, a much happier colour than your average western nun's habit :) Does the pink signify anything in particular?
    Tasha
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  4. That was interesting. I love that their robes were pink.

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  5. Sounds lovely, and I can almost hear their sweet chanting...

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  6. I love that they are wearing pink and that color is celebrated there. If only nuns here could wear fun colors like that.

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    1. My mom went back to nursing school when I was in high school so she could get re-certified, and the nuns she met all wore regular clothes except for special days - and then, their habits were made of of all colors, not just black and white. I think it depends on the order.

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    2. http://diocesecc.org/pictures/Offices/Consecrated%20Life/Sister%20Servants%20of%20the%20Holy%20Spirit%20of%20Perpetual%20Adoration1.JPG
      sorry, hope the link will somehow work - there are chistian/catholic nuns wearing pink too :D

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  7. Most enjoyable to read ...and educating.

    Yvonne.

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  8. Wow! That is so interesting. I feel like I'm just soaking in story possibilities with every one of your posts, C. Lee. Thanks for sharing the details of your journeys. :) And, I love the colors, too. :)

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  9. That is very interesting. Pink nuns! And the singing :)

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  10. Hi Lee - I love the colours of their robes ... I think you said that not all nuns have to go into a monastery ... but I'm sure they don't have equal status with the monks ...

    But the photos are delightful .. showing us a little of daily life .. cheers Hilary

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  11. Nuns in Burma? I never would have guessed. :)

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  12. Studying in a convent school, nuns had a constant presence in my life. Nice to see nuns from other places. Pretty pictures.

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  13. I love their robes and the pics are amazing. Your blog challenge is like an encyclopedia come to life.

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  14. False and false. I like the pick robes but not so much the shaved heads.

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  15. I've read all the comments this morning again, and I'm pleased that the posts are still interesting to my visitors. I wish I could reply to each comment, but again let me say, I read them all and if you've turned on your email response, I often reply there. Happy Thursday, USA. Not sure where others are, but Happy Any Day rest of the world.

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  16. Hey Lee!

    I read your post and I read all the comments. Your posts, when I can actually get here, are of great interest to me. Such a fascinating life you've had.

    Perhaps neither answer is correct aka nun of the above....

    With that, I shall chant my way out of here.....

    Your intermittent, yet weirdly loyal, starstuckest fan!

    Gary

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  17. made me think and google "pink nuns" - because I knew there are catholic nuns wearing pink :D they are called Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration :)

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  18. That was interesting. I love the fact they wear pink.

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  19. I have seen some Catholic nuns in pink in Rome before. It is a nice color among all the black and white :)

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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  20. I love the pink! I will hazard a guess and say F to the first and the second questions... Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com Cool your husband is a pilot!

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  21. Sisters of providence. ..a western order of course...wore a very light pink in hospitals and such.

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  22. Very pretty robes. I'd say true to the first question and false to the second.

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  23. Love their robes :) I knew some very special Catholic nuns in high school. Sr. Bernadone took in my prom dress for me!

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  24. I heard a Buddhist chant in a temple in South Korea once. It was truly amazing.

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  25. Why am I thinking of Sinead O'Connor?? :) Well I got 50% again but learning allot. The colours are beautiful even if it is pink. I would say False to the first but true to the 2nd. Let's see if I get this right:)

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  26. Incredibly beautiful robes! Wow 30,000 nuns! T/F 2 - is false

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  27. I wish you had it to share, too. I love the vibrant colors.

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  28. I love all the color! Pink is the color of love, so it seems really appropriate for nuns :)

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    ClarabelleRant

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  29. I always thought monks and nuns were mysteriously cool

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  30. Beautiful click.. Serene Nuns in Pinks

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  31. The robes are lovely. Is that how they make their money? I wish I could hear their singing, too. I wonder if it's on YouTube?

    Scribbles From Jenn - Visiting from the A to Z Challenge

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  32. Who says pink is for girls! :)

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  33. What an interesting theme! I know pretty much nothing about nuns in Burma, except for what I've read here today : ) Thanks for stopping by my blog...enjoy writing your way through the rest of the alphabet!

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