Languages of Security in the Asia-Pacific

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Burmese – Ana (Pana)

May 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Burmese, Inhibition

Āna (Pāna) Relates to inhibition A pervasive aspect of Burmese culture, āna literally means to have one’s strength (ā) hurt (na); the optional suffix pāna literally means ‘cheek hurts’.  Āna can be interpreted as a security strategy employed in one’s social interactions with others of unknown, equal, or greater power so as not to offend […]

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