17 of History’s Most Rebellious Women | Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu has been the foremost leader in the effort to democratize the Southeast Asian nation as well as a courageous advocate for human rights and peaceful revolution. She spent 15 years under house arrest when the government refused to cede power to her after her party was elected. (Alison Wright—Corbis)
The founding of a kingdom at Pagan in 1044 by Anawrahta marks the beginning of the history of Myanmar (Burma) as a distinct political entity. The kingdom survived until 1287, when it was destroyed by the armies of Kublai Khan, and the next five centuries were marked by disunity. In 1754, Alaungpaya defeated the Shan kingdom in northern Myanmar and the Mon kingdom in southern Myanmar and founded the last ruling dynasty, which was in power until the British came in the early 19th century. The…
This ruby and diamond bracelet contains 31 matched Burmese rubies with a total of 60 carats. The bracelet is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Myanmar (formerly Burma) is the major source of rubies and sapphires.
Thant Myint-U’s Where China Meets India is a vivid, searching, timely book about the remote region that is suddenly a geopolitical center of the world. From their very beginnings, China and India have been walled off from each other: by the towering summits of the Himalayas, by a vast and impenetrable jungle, by hostile tribes and remote inland kingdoms stretching a thousand miles.... More info: http://www.cseashawaii.com/wordpress/2012/11/history-of-myanmar/
Burma (Myanmar) Myanmar has not been on the hit list of many travellers through Southeast Asia, and it's difficult to understand why. The country is a true, unspoiled treasure trove, and should capture the imagination of anyone interested in culture and history.
The Kayan women of Northern Thailand are known for the exquisite and incredible brass coils they wear around their necks. They are often called the "long necks" or the "giraffe women" by outsiders and can wear up to 25 coils, which many never take off.