Essay On Burmese Society

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Culture in Burmese Society
Culture – whether it is the way people think, act, or the material things that they use – can reveal many things about themselves and the society they live in (Little et al, 2014). In Burmese society, the material and non-material culture reflect the changes and continuity of Burmese life as the country undergoes political and social changes. A few objects can provide insights into different aspects of Burmese culture, i.e. its norms and values.
In Sociology, culture refers to the ideas, attitudes, and beliefs of people as well as the tangible material objects that they use (Little et al, 2014). The former, referred to as nonmaterial culture, may include beliefs such as listening to one’s elders will always bring you to success in life, or values such as deference and obediance is good (Little et al, 2014). The latter, referred to as nonmaterial culture, may include a simple everyday object such as a pen or things of great significance such as a temple or a shrine. However, tangible
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Most people have their graduation photos hanged on the wall, alongside family portraits and couple portraits. These photos are used to teach young children about their families, or reminisce about lost ones. They indicate the Burmese belief that memories of the family should be present in the form of hanging their portraits and photos, or keeping their belongings.
To conclude, the Burmese people place a great importance in tradition, religion, community, and authority. The ten objects describe above reflect the various interrelated values and beliefs about society. As society changes, the role of the objects listed above may change as well while some may completely disappear and new objects will appear to serve new functional and symbolic roles. However, the material culture of a society will always continue to reflect the values and beliefs of that society.
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