Monday, May 12, 2008


Can anybody tell me why some people refer to this country as Burma and others as Myanmar??

What is the proper name? Is there some sort of political controversy involved?


Gareth LovesTha Pye said...

Previous to the military rulers it was known as Burma.
Military rulers renamed it Myanmar.
Government in exile still calls it Burma.
Australian government doesn't support the Military rulers, so they call it Burma, but that's about all they do to support the Burmese Government.

If you hear a news service call it Myanmar, its probably something they are doing to try and get more access to the country.

Carola said...

I was going to share what I'd found about the whole 'dual name' thing, but 'Gareth' is pretty spot on the mark.

So therefore I will just fade into the background again :)

Basically, in a nutshell, Myanmar was the name since about the {approx} 13th century, apparantly in '89 the military "junta" officially changed it to Myanmar - along with out english-name places, and this wasn't done with a national referendum - hence the fact many still call it Burma.

So - in short - within the Burmese language Myanmar is the written, literary name of the country, while Burma is the oral, colloquial name.

Does that translate any more information to you? I hope so anyway.

That was found in WIKIPEDIA - so if you dont think thats a reliable source... well, yeah. But it explains it pretty good.

Carola said...

and Hmm... i guess i dont fade as quietly - or quickly - as I had planned...:)

Gareth LovesTha Pye said...

Thanks for adding the historical background. Its interesting to know.

Anonymous said...

Cool, thanks for the heads up guys.

Good stuff.


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