All-Inclusive Conservation of the National Cultural Heritages

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Very recently, a news item was found that authorities concerned put on record the five pieces of stone inscriptions assumed to have been inscribed between circa 688-722 found in the midst of pagodas in critical deterioration, in Sagaing Region. The site is situated near the villages but people seldom go there, it was learnt.
Before this incident, we have heard that ancient utensils, weapons, statues and Buddha images, brick walls, cemeteries, skeletons, pieces of jewelry and many other items were found while farmers ploughed or furrowed fields, or when floods eroded river banks. In news media and social webpages as well, local people across the nation frequently posted that ancient places, edifices and monuments need to be well conserved. This shows that our country has existed as a civilized nation since time immemorial, and there are still many evidences of ancient cultural heritages here and there in the country. Cultural heritages are in fact evidences of historical backgrounds of a country and its people. Sometimes, historically invaluable ancient objects were found even in unexpected places. For example, a parabaik [which is a kind of writing tablet made of paper, cloth or metal in the form of an accordion] which recorded about matters from Myanmar side concerning the “Rantabo Agreement,” regarding the ending of the “the First Anglo-Burmese War” was found in a remote and inaccessible village situated in the forests in Shwebo district in Sagaing Region. Yet, sorrowfully enough, it was found to be unprotected, covered with dust and gnawed by rodents, according to a researcher.
The National Cultural Central Committee Meeting 2/2017 was held on December 8, at which Vice-President U Henry Van Thio said, “Natural cultural heritages existed for thousands of years as all the national brethren conserved their traditions and customs to relay them to younger generations. It is incumbent upon all to find out, conserve and conduct research projects concerning them.”
Here, culture means not only material things such as ancient objects and edifices but also immaterial things such as languages, literatures, arts, ideologies and fine art. Research projects concerning our cultural heritages in our regions should be conducted as a national cause.

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