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Burma (Myanmar)

(1,600 words)

Author(s): Frasch, Tilman | Gern, Wolfgang
[German Version] I. General – II. History of Christianity I. General With approximately 680,000 km2 of area Burma covers the most extensive territory of the South-East Asian mainland. Between the mountain ranges in the north and the south run the most important rivers of the country, most importantly the Irawadi (Ayeyarwadi) as the country's lifeline. In 1998 the population numbered …

India

(4,173 words)

Author(s): Kiehnle, Catharina | Frasch, Tilman | Schimmel, Annemarie | Koschorke, Klaus
[German Version] I. General – II. History and Culture – III. Religious History – IV. History of Christianity I. General The designation “India,” Gk ἰνδός/ indós, Latinized as indus, goes back to Sanskrit sindhu (orig. “boundary”?) through the intermediary of Old Persian hindu; it is a designation of the River Sindhu and of…