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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Irrawady River: Myanmar's River of Spirits

Myanmar has a significant number of rivers flowing majestically in different parts of the country. These rivers continue to play even to this day an important role as they are used in transporting goods and other merchandises.

Among the many rivers of Myanmar, the Ayeyarwaddy River formerly called Irrawaddy River, is the country's largest and most important commercial waterway. It stretches from north to south of Myanmar measuring about 1,550 km (960) miles long.

According to the people of Burma, the name "Ayeyarwaddy" which means Elephant, came from a Sanskirt word "Iravati" or "airvati." Why elephant? Because elephants were often a symbol for water and was used as the name of several other rivers, such as Achiravati.

The Ayeyarwaddy River is also home to the Irrawaddy dolphin, a euryhaline species of oceanic dolphin. They are found in the lower reaches of the river and known to be helping fisherman to fish.

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