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Pagodas: The Ancient Burmese Status Symbols

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Pagodas: The Ancient Burmese Status Symbols

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In ancient times, a Burmese family with enough resources would build a pagoda--a tower-like structure of spiritual significance. It was a way to show devotion and imply wealth.

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Burma and Buddhism are intertwined, thanks to centuries of ancient mythology and thousands of golden monuments of worship. It all began with the Pagan Kingdom about 1,000 years ago, when Anawrahta, a great king, and Shin Arahan, a Buddhist monk, together incited one of the greatest religious reformations in Asian history. Join us as we explore this spiritual revolution and how it triggered a wave of temple-building in honor of the Buddha.

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