Myanmar – A Cosmos to Discover, enchanting photographs by Joo Peter
In no other country in South East Asia is Buddhism worshipped with such passion. As part of Myanmar identity, the country pictures itself as the centre of a Buddhist world. Buddhism came from India in the West and spread North, East and South of Myanmar. As in many Asian countries, Buddhism blends with local beliefs, here it is the animistic belief of Nat spirits.
Myanmar is a microcosm of our world. For centuries Myanmar has been struggling to create a homogeneous social frame-work with its divergent ethnic groups, which are 135 distinct ethnics, including 108 different ethno linguistic groups. Buddhist culture in the fertile plains of Irrawaddy valley tends to be more homogenic, but remote mountain areas are not. Hopefully, Myanmar will realise its immense possibilities: the ethnic variety is a national treasure, part of the beauty and potential of the country.
Joachim Peter is a Visual artist and writer based in Southwest Germany, presently working on documentary & travel photography in Asia. He loves to explore and combine all arts in his work. Joo has studied Arts; painting and graphics, worked for theatre (designing stage, costume and light) , did some work for television and film, went into teaching. He writes essays and a blog in his native tongue, German, for he feels his language combines philosophy and humour. www.joo-peter.photoshelter.com
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