The new name for the Union of Burma is Myanmar, which is the old self name in the Burmese Language. Myanmar, or the Union of Burma comprises several different ethnic groups of which the Burmese are the politically dominant group. Because this article discusses music of the ethnic Burmese, I use the word "Burmese" throughout to refer only to the music of the ethnic Burmese and not in the more general sense of that of the entire nation of Myanmar.
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