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Author Aung-Thwin, Michael.

Title The mists of Ramanna : the legend that was lower Burma / Michael A. Aung-Thwin
Published Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 433 pages) : illustrations
Contents The Py millennium -- Rmaññadesa : an imagined polity -- Thatôn (Sudhuim) : an imagined center -- The conquest of Thatôn : an imagined event -- The conquest of Thatôn as allegory -- The Mon paradigm and the origins of the Burma script -- The place of written Burmese and Mon in Burma's early history -- The Mon paradigm and the evolution of the Pagán temple -- The Mon paradigm and the Kyanzittha legend -- The Mon paradigm and the myth of the "down-trodden Talaing" -- Colonial officials and colonial scholars : the institutionalization of the Mon paradigm
Summary 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, which Aung-Thwin calls 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 masterful 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. Aung-Thwin meticulously traces the paradigm's creation to the merging of two temporally, causally, and contextually unrelated Mon and Burmese narratives
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Subject Legends -- Burma.
Myanmar -- History -- To 1824.
Myanmar -- Historiography.
Mon State (Burma) -- History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780824874414 (electronic bk.)
0824874412 (electronic bk.)