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.

 

3 thoughts on “Preaching by the 969 and Ma Ba Tha movements

  1. As a Burmese Buddhist, let me assure you that this is no way what a true Buddhist would do. I see a lot of articles, especially western media, portraying this to represent the country’s current state of things and you can’t be more wrong. This MaBaTha BS is nothing but a PR stunt incentivised by some political party to influence people’s decisions in the upcoming election. No one who’s got brain and basic common sense would respect these people. And no, we don’t take them as monks. They’re merely thugs to most of us Buddhists.

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