Initial thoughts on from the land of green ghosts

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Lee 1 Insuk Kevin Lee Dr. Ellen Boccuzzi South and Southeast Asian Studies R5A 18 October 2010 Initial Thoughts on From the Land of Green Ghosts This novel introduced me to many ideas and aspects of the Burmese culture that were new to me. Religious differences and the ideologies that these people seemed to be living by were foreign but provided me with a new insight and perspective on things. The idea of spirits existing everywhere and the intimate connection to nature in some aspects seemed crazy and futile but the logic behind these beliefs were sound. The protagonist's grandmother is a peculiar character. "She talked to [the wild animals] as she talked to her own grandchildren, nagging them the way she nagged us" (61, Thwe). She would tell the ants not to eat her lunch while she was out in the fields working and miraculously by the time she got back her food would still remain intact, with the ants surrounding the food. It is unclear how much of this memoir reflects true events but it portrays the grandmother as
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Unformatted text preview: omniscient and manipulative of the flux of nature. The tribes of Burma also believe that everyone has their own guardian spirits called Yaula and whenever we are sick or injured they are believed to leave us. People with bitter disposition is regarded as having bad Yaula and when someone dies his Yaula turns into a ghost. It is important to call back the Yaula if a person falls sick or injured by offering food and libations. "They then go to the place where the Yaula is thought to be caught or entangled" (62) and the shaman asks it to come back and drops a trail of rice grains for it to follow home. This tradition, by normal means, sound ridiculous and is unheard of in an American society, or any Lee 2 modernized community for that matter. The importance of nature in Burmese culture explains many of the things that we would be puzzled by if we were not given explanations for....
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2011 for the course ASIAN STUD 5A taught by Professor Laveck,k during the Spring '06 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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