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Pagan Kingdom, Myanmar

The Kingdom of Pagan (also commonly known as the Pagan Dynasty and the Pagan Empire) was the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern-day Burma (Myanmar). Pagan's 250-year rule over the Irrawaddy valley and its periphery laid the foundation for the ascent of Burmese language and culture, the spread of Burman ethnicity in Upper Burma, and the growth of Theravada Buddhism in Burma and in mainland Southeast Asia.
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22 Feb 2014 15:14:00
Local residents take part in the celebrations of Kolyada pagan holiday, which over the centuries has merged with Orthodox Christmas festivities and marks the upcoming end of winter, in the village of Noviny, Belarus, January 21, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Local residents take part in the celebrations of Kolyada pagan holiday, which over the centuries has merged with Orthodox Christmas festivities and marks the upcoming end of winter, in the village of Noviny, Belarus, January 21, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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22 Jan 2017 09:38:00
Villagers take part in a ritual celebrating the pagan god Yurya and pray for plentiful future harvests in the village of Pogost, Belarus May 6, 2016. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Villagers take part in a ritual celebrating the pagan god Yurya and pray for plentiful future harvests in the village of Pogost, Belarus May 6, 2016. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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08 May 2016 10:41:00
People celebrate the pagan rite called “Kolyadki” and mark the New Year, according to the Julian calendar on January 13, in the village of Vosava, Belarus January 13, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

People celebrate the pagan rite called “Kolyadki” and mark the New Year, according to the Julian calendar on January 13, in the village of Vosava, Belarus January 13, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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15 Jan 2017 10:23:00
First place, Portrait. Three flat-coated retrievers – Crew, Darcie and Pagan – by Carol Durrant from the UK. (Photo by Carol Durrant/Dog Photographer of the Year 2018)

First place, Portrait. Three flat-coated retrievers – Crew, Darcie and Pagan – by Carol Durrant from the UK. (Photo by Carol Durrant/Dog Photographer of the Year 2018)
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20 Jul 2018 00:01:00
Caporal dancers perform during the carnival celebrations in Oruro, Bolivia, Saturday February 14, 2015. The Carnival of Oruro which is a religious festival dating back more than 2000 years in an ongoing pagan-catholic blend of religious practice in the region, and is one of UNESCO's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. (Photo by Juan Karita/AP Photo)

Caporal dancers perform during the carnival celebrations in Oruro, Bolivia, Saturday February 14, 2015. The Carnival of Oruro which is a religious festival dating back more than 2000 years in an ongoing pagan-catholic blend of religious practice in the region, and is one of UNESCO's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. (Photo by Juan Karita/AP Photo)
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17 Feb 2015 12:25:00
A girl jumps over a campfire while celebrating Ivan Kupala Night, a traditional Slavic holiday not far from Kiev on July 6, 2013. During the celebration, originating in pagan times, people plait wreaths, jump over fires, and swim naked. (Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP Photo)

A girl jumps over a campfire while celebrating Ivan Kupala Night, a traditional Slavic holiday not far from Kiev on July 6, 2013. During the celebration, originating in pagan times, people plait wreaths, jump over fires, and swim naked. (Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP Photo)
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13 Jul 2013 11:59:00
Villagers take part in Kolyada holiday celebrations in the village of Martsiyanauka, east of the capital Minsk, January 21, 2015. Local residents took part in the celebrations to mark the end of a pagan winter holiday Kolyada, which over the centuries has merged with Orthodox Christmas celebrations. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Villagers take part in Kolyada holiday celebrations in the village of Martsiyanauka, east of the capital Minsk, January 21, 2015. Local residents took part in the celebrations to mark the end of a pagan winter holiday Kolyada, which over the centuries has merged with Orthodox Christmas celebrations. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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22 Jan 2015 13:48:00