The Essence of BURMA

One writer fondly recalls time spent in Southeast Asia's Burma, once the doors of tourism were opened. Burma (aka Myanmar) has more than 100 ethnic groups and a population of approximately 50 million people. Still, it is possible to find peace and quiet in this lovely country that borders China, India, Bangladesh, Laos and Thailand. Burma is my favorite place in Southeast Asia, and maybe … [Read more...]

Raising the Dead in Burma, Part II

As the ATR-72 took off from Yangon, we left behind the remnants of our family’s past, but the one-hour flight north would lead us to discover what had become of Burma’s past. In the year 1044, the young teenager Aniruddha killed his royal cousin in single combat and seized the throne of the small kingdom of Pagan (now Bagan). From his throne on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, King Aniruddha … [Read more...]

Raising the Dead in Burma – Part I

I followed the barefoot man with the machete as we crunched through the overgrown weeds of the Jewish cemetery in Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Rangoon, Burma). It was hot and the insects were loud; I knew my uncle was in there somewhere. He died of a burst appendix in 1935, when he was 10. This piece of land with its Hebrew and English gravestones and its endless growth of green … [Read more...]