The Bronze Age arrived circa 1500 BC when people in the region were turning copper into bronze, growing rice and domesticating poultry and pigs; they were among the first people in the world to do so.
Iron Age Burmese cultures also had influences from outside sources such as India and Thailand, as seen in their funerary practices concerning child burials.
In 2013, its GDP (nominal) stood at US.7 billion and its GDP (PPP) at US1.5 billion.
Brahma is part of the Hindu trinity, a deity with four heads.
The British took over the administration of Myanmar after three Anglo-Burmese Wars in the 19th century and the country became a British colony.
Myanmar was granted independence in 1948, as a democratic nation.
During this time, the United Nations and several other organisations have reported consistent and systematic human rights violations in the country.
In 2011, the military junta was officially dissolved following a 2010 general election, and a nominally civilian government was installed.
Myanmar is a country rich in jade and gems, oil, natural gas and other mineral resources.By the 9th century, several city-states had sprouted across the land: the Pyu in the central dry zone, Mon along the southern coastline and Arakanese along the western littoral.The balance was upset when the Pyu came under repeated attacks from Nanzhao between the 750s and the 830s.This indicates some form of communication between groups in Myanmar and other places, possibly through trade.Around the second century BC the first-known city-states emerged in central Myanmar.