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Literature of Myanmar

Since the Burmese language uses one-syllable consonants for the beginning and ending of words, with a vowel in the middle, it makes the writing of poetry or satirical puns interesting.  This is due to the fact that the middle vowel can carry four different tones which enables the meaning of a word to possibly be altered entirely. 

At one end of the "literature" spectrum are satirical puns which are fairly common and easily accomplished by simply changing the vowel of a word.  On the other end is classical Myanmar literature which consists of prose with an intricate rhyme scheme and four lines with four syllables.

In recent times, the military has severely restricted what is allowed in print media, although some short stories are still printed in popular magazines.

Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 89.9%
male: 93.9%
female: 86.4% (2006 est.)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
total: 9 years
male: 8 years
female: 8 years (2007)

 


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