Preaching by the 969 and Ma Ba Tha movements

The following video has recently gone viral among followers of the 969 and Ma Ba Tha movements. In Burmese the video is introduced with the following: ‘Those who haven’t been to, or haven’t heard or seen a 969 Ma Ba Tha fun preaching ceremony, say, sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.’

The music has a strong nationalistic theme. A translation of the lyrics to the song have been offered by Dr Maung Zarni, with many thanks:

 

“We will fence our nation with our bones”

Buddha’s Wisdom shines over our land
In defence of Bama race and Buddhist faith we will stand at the front line.
These people (the infidels/Muslims) live on our (Buddhist) soil.
They drink our water.
They break our rules.
They suck our wealth.
And they insult us the host.
They destroy our youth.
Alas, they are just one ungrateful, worthless creatures.

We are one Buddhist brotherhood, now joining hands as One.
We shall pledge to join hands as One.
We do pledege to join hands as One.
We will be loyal and faithful to our Race and our (Buddhist) Faith.

We will only do business with those who share our Buddhist faith.
We will only marry those who share our Buddhist faith.

Hey, shall we
talk about our national affairs.
Let our nationalist consciousness awake!

(Chorus)
We will fence our nation with our bones.
If you show us your (hateful) sword
We will surely reciprocate in kind.

We will fence our nation with our bones.
If you show us your (hateful) sword
we will surely reciprocate in kind.

We will fence our nation with our bones.
If you show us your (hateful) sword
We will surely reciprocate in kind.

 

Thein Sein helps to donate Buddha images to flood victims

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Burma’s President Thein Sein is pictured with 9-inch tall Buddha images that will be donated to victims of the recent floods in Burma caused by Cyclone Komen. This is clearly connected to the Burmese Buddhist practice of yadaya. Buddhism is protective and averts danger. In the past the Burmese military have been preoccupied with the construction of stupas in order to preserve power and avert danger and instability.