The culture of Myanmar has been heavily influenced by Buddhism. Its neighbors, particularly India, China, and Thailand, have made major contributions to Myanmar culture. Historically, Burmese art and literature was based on Buddhist or Hindu cosmology and myths. There are 10 traditional arts, called pan sèmyo, are Blacksmith (ba-bè), Woodcarving (ba-bu), Goldsmith (ba-dein), Stucco relief (pan-daw), Masonry (pa-yan), Stone carving (pan-ta-maw), Turnery (pan but), Painting (ba-gyi), Lacquerware (pan-yun) and Bronze casting (ba-din).
In addition to the traditional arts are silk weaving, pottery, tapestry making, gemstone engraving, and gold leaf making. Temple architecture is typically of brick and stucco, and pagodas are often covered with layers of gold leaf while monasteries tend to be built of wood.
Although court culture has been extinguished, popular street-level culture is vibrant and thriving. Drama is the mainstay of this culture, and just about any celebration is a good excuse for a pwe (show). Performances may recount Buddhist legends, or be more light-hearted entertainments involving slapstick comedy, dance, ensemble singing or giant puppets.
Myanmar music is an integral part of a pwe; it originates from Thai and emphasizes rhythm and melody. Instruments are predominantly percussive and include drums, boat- shaped harps, gongs and bamboo flutes.
The toys of Myanmar are not only for the children but also famous in the world, known as the Marionettes (or) Puppets of Myanmar. It’s a combination of Myanmar Art and Culture, together to show the inner expressions of the Myanmar people.