The mists of Ramañña : the legend that was Lower Burma / Michael A. Aung-Thwin
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- Aung-Thwin, Michael
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- Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, c2005
- xi, 433 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
"Scholars have long accepted the belief that a Theravada Buddhist Mon kingdom, Ramannadesa, flourished in coastal Lower Burma until it was conquered in 1057 by King Aniruddha of Pagan - which then became, in essence, the new custodian and repository of Mon culture in the Upper Burmese interior. This scenario, here termed the "Mon Paradigm," has circumscribed much of the scholarship on early Burma and significantly shaped the history of Southeast Asia for more than a century. Now, in a reassessment of Burmese history, Michael Aung-Thwin reexamines the original contemporary accounts and sources without finding any evidence of an early Theravada Mon polity or a conquest by Aniruddha. The paradigm, he finds, cannot be sustained." "The Mists of Ramanna is a tour de force that challenges our fundamental understanding of early Southeast Asia. It will be essential reading for those interested in the history, art history, linguistics, ethnic studies, and archaeology of the region."--BOOK JACKET.
- Full contents:
- 1. Introduction
- 2. The Pyu millennium
- 3. Ramaññadesa, an imagined polity
- 4. Thaton (Sudhuim), an imagined center
- 5. The conquest of Thatôn, an imagined event
- 6. The conquest of Thatôn as allegory
- 7. The Mon paradigm and the origins of the Burma script
- 8. The place of written Burmese and Mon in Burma's early history
- 9. The Mon paradigm and the evolution of the pagán temple
- 10. The Mon paradigm and the Kyanzittha legend
- 11. The Mon paradigm and the myth of the "downtrodden Talaing"
- 12. Colonial officials and colonial scholars : the institutionalization of the Mon paradigm
- 13. Without the Mon paradigm.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 403-423) and index.
- Also Titled:
- Legend that was Lower Burma
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