What makes a monk mad?

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  • 1. Beyond Myanmar
  • 2. What do you know about ✤ Irrawady River! ✤ Lots of teak wood (forested area)! ✤ Buddhism! ✤ Oil, natural gas, gemstones! ✤ Capital: Naypidaw! ✤ Myanmar? Largest city: Yangon, Mandalay Naypyidaw 01
  • 3. Historical Facts ✤ Officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar! ✤ A British colony in the 19th century! ✤ Gained independence from British in 1948! ✤ 1948-1962 a democratic nation! ✤ Coup in 1962, ruled by a military dictatorship which finally ended in 2011! ✤ Being reported for its consistent human rights violations in the country 01
  • 4. Date Burmese Religious Life
  • 5. Burmese Religious Life ✤ Land of devout Buddhists! ✤ 95% of its people practice Buddhism (mostly Theravadee)! ✤ Celebration of Buddhist New Year 01
  • 6. Burmese Religious Life ✤ Worshipers climbing a temple’s steps! ✤ Published in the Picture Post, a British photojournalism magazine, in 1949-1950 01
  • 7. Burmese Religious Life
  • 8. Burmese Religious Life ✤ Burma gained independence from the British in 1948. ! ✤ U Nu, the prime minister of Burma, praying before the religious shrine 01
  • 9. Date Monks reading Buddhist Web sites
  • 10. The Shwedagon Pagoda Date
  • 11. Lighting candles of luck
  • 12. Think-Pair-Share ✤ What do these photographs say about the extent to which Buddhist monks are part of daily life and society in Myanmar? ! ✤ To which other country does the slide show compare Myanmar in terms of its devotion to Buddhism? ! ✤ What conclusions can your draw about the role of religion in Myanmar based on these images? 01
  • 13. What makes ✤ a monk mad? Read the article ‘What makes a monk mad?’! ✤ Why did Buddhist monks in Myanmar turn their begging bowls upside down, and what were the implications of this action? ! ✤ How does the article describe the relationship between Buddhist monks and soldiers in Myanmar? ! ✤ What are some other historical examples of protest in this country, according to the article?! ✤ What does it mean that the monks’ power comes from ‘bestowing legitimacy’ on the rulers? ! ✤ What conclusion can you draw about the future of Myanmar based on this article? 01
  • 14. Citations ✤ http://www.photosjunction.com/photo/4722.aspx#.Uq_uAmQW1ss! ✤ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11749661! ✤ http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20071003wednesday.html! ✤ http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2007/09/30/weekinreview/ 20070930_MYANMAR_SLIDESHOW_13.html! ✤ http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/buddhist-monks-lead-burma-protest/ 2007/09/24/1190486222009.html! ✤ http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=51,5080,0,0,1,0#.Uq_2GWQW1ss