Kan in the Burmese (Myanmar) language, known as karma in English, which means (voluntary) action. A basic doctrine of Buddhism, which states that all voluntary actions accumulate merit or demerit (kutho, akutho) according to their moral status. These are the cause of good or ill fortune in future lives, that is, misfortune for evil deeds, good fortune for good ones. Burmese people often say that a person's good or ill fortune is the "fruit" of good or bad kamma from a previous existence. For example, a person who cannot free himself or herself from poverty is considered to have been stingy in a prior life. In everyday life, kan/kamma is often merely synonymous with "luck." Moreover, Burmese people do not equate all ill fortune with bad kamma and often attempt to avoid it through use of magical practices, such as yedaya.
   See also Astrology.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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