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Myanmar is known as a multi-religious country. No official state religion is applied in this country, but the Government shows preference for Theravada Buddhism, the majority religion. According to both the statistics published by the Burmese government and the CIA, it is practiced by 89% of the population. Followings are Christian (4%), Muslim (4%), Hindu and Animist. Because the Burmese are deeply pious, at least one pagoda or Buddha Image was built in every town or city, even in small villages for the locals to go to the pagoda usually. Besides, the belief of Burmese in Buddhism is also shown in Myanmar calendar. The Burmese consider three months in the rainy season, approximately from July to October as the Lent when fasting is preserved, marriages and moving home is usually put off. Not only in Lent, the Burmese try to live according to the basic five precepts of Buddhism in their daily activities.
Starting out its prosperous time from the 11th century in Bagan which used to be the heart of the country, Theravada Buddhism has long been a very spiritual value in life of Burmese. This religion was spread in depth and width all over the country of Myanmar thank for the first King of Myanmar Dynasty - Anawrahta (1044 - 1077 AD).More info