BAGO, MYANMAR - DECEMBER 13 : Burmese monks line up at the Kha Khat Wain Kyaung monastery which is one of the three largest in the country December 13, 2011 in Bago, Myanmar. Approximately 90 percent ... more 
BAGO, MYANMAR - DECEMBER 13 : Burmese monks line up at the Kha Khat Wain Kyaung monastery which is one of the three largest in the country December 13, 2011 in Bago, Myanmar. Approximately 90 percent of the Burmese population practices Buddhism and the monks number well over 500,000. They are seen as the nation's most important religious and civil institution and every Burmese male is expected to take up temporary monastic residence twice in his life. In March the army handed power to a civilian government after almost five decades of the military regime's strong arm rule. The handover took place after a controlled election under a new constitution that preserved much of the military clout. Restrictions on communication such as the internet have been loosened as previously inaccessible foreign news and opposition websites have been unblocked. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images) less 
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