The Bamar are Myanmar’s majority ethnic group. They have traditionally controlled much of the country through political means, particularly the fertile central plains and Ayeyarwady valley. Originally migrants from southern China, the Bamar (or “Burmans” as they were known in colonial times) were a wet-rice farming people, Theravada Buddhist by religion, whose tonal, Tibeto-Burman tongue – Burmese – has long […]