Ma Ni Ni
[MA Nee Nee] Ma is the Burmese word for Miss. Ma Ni Ni’s name comes from the word for red in Burmese and means strong and bold.
Ma Ni Ni is a survivor. She knows how to be content in all circumstances. Her giving spirit always amazes Ma Ni Ni’s friends. If someone gives her a new skirt, she immediately gives it away to a person in need. For every meal, Ma Ni Ni invites a hungry person from her village to eat with her. Ma Ni Ni knows everything she has is from the Lord.
The Burmese Python is one of the six largest snakes in the world. It averages about 12 ft. in the wild, but some reach up to 23 ft. in length. They can weigh up to 200 pounds. Most Burmese Pythons live near water and are great swimmers. They are also great climbers and can be found living in trees. They live mainly in the warm tropical regions of the world, especially in Southern and Southeast Asia. So, what does a typical python eat for dinner? They are carnivorous, which means they eat meat. Using their bodies to constrict their victims, they usually eat birds, rats, mice and small animals.
Buddhists believe that there is no God. They teach that the way to be happy is to live a simple life because “things” only cause suffering. They believe in reincarnation – that after we die we are reborn as a different person or animal. They also teach that the good and bad we do in this life will carry over to the next.
Myanmar/ Burma is sandwiched between the countries of Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. It is roughly about the same size as Texas. In Myanmar/Burma, the majority of the people still wear the traditional longyi, which is a sarong-like skirt. Women wrap it around and tie it on the side. Men tie it in the front in a big knot. In Myanmar/Burma, 89% of the people follow Buddhism with only 2% of the people professing Christ. On May 2, 2008, Cyclone Nargis made landfall in Myanmar/Burma. It is the worst natural disaster in Burmese history.