From time to time I come across some interesting historical articles related to Burmese history and Buddhism in Myanmar which we like to share with visitors to our web site.
Historical Articles Burmese History
- Palm leaf manuscript record of a Mission sent by the Myanmar King to the Chinese Emperor in the mid 18th century
- The Golden Rock at Kyaikhti–yo
- The ecology of Burman-Mon warfare and the Pre modern Agrarian State 1383-1425
- Burma has been a land of attraction to men of adventure, a region of delight to those, like the old travelers, whose eyes sought after what is picturesque and strange. This far-off part of India was, indeed, even in the later centuries, hardly known to the European merchants who had seen the cities under the dominion of the Great Mogul, and the castles and church towers which at Ormus, Goa, and ther points along the coasts, marked the rising power of the Portuguese. To the people of India Burma had been known as the Golden Land from remote time, and it may very likely be that this old region was the Golden Chersonese of Ptolemy.
- Traditional high status of women in Burma
- Deep Change – Burmese wall painting from the 11th to the 19th Centuries
- Modern Burmese paintings according to Bagyi Aung Soe
- Specialists for ritual magic and devotion
- Coming of the future king: Burmese MinLaung expectations before and during the second world war
- Min Ko Naing Conqueror of Kings: Burma student Prisoner
- The self conscious censor: Censorship in Burma under the British 1900-1939
Interesting Historical Articles Burmese History was printed in 1900 and written by Max and Bertha Ferrars, there is a diverse range of topics relating Burma in that period. (This is a large PDF so may take some time to load).
- Chronology of Burma
- Structure of the Burmese language—Method of transliteration . . . 208
- Notes on Burmese music, by Mr. P. A. Mariano …… 210
- Statistical—Area—Population—Fiscal items—Crime—Imports and exports . 211
- Measures—Time and calendar—Length—Capacity—Weight—Money . 213
- Samples of music
Written by the Shan Women’s Network
Most of this book deals with aspects of culture which may be unknown to the average tourist. The focus is on Shan culture, but the process of repression is also happening to other ethnic cultures in shan State and other parts of Burma.
This article presents an apocryphal Buddhist text that contains a speech of the Buddha listing the relics linked to his former existences in Arakan, as well as prophecies regarding the historical succession of kings. Looking at various aspects such as the geographical distribution of the relics and the typically Buddhist representation of kingship, the author argues that the text can best be understood in the eighteenth-century context of the political decline of the Arakanese kingdom. As this article shows, apocryphal texts have authority because they build on traditional concepts and beliefs and are still a poorly exploited source of historical enquiry….
Interesting article on the plight of the Rohingya people in Arakan, Northern Myanmar.
This is an informative and interesting article on the history of the Shan people and their culture through the ages.
Burmese Buddhist Imagery of the Early Bagan Period (1044 – 1113 AD) By Charlotte Kendrick Galloway – A thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the Australian National University.
Authored by San Tha Aung – Director- General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Yangon, Burma until his demise in 1981.
San Tha Aung was a native of Rakhine State, his desire to reveal the hidden ancient Rakhine culture and art resulted in this publication and several others related to Rakhine history and Buddhist Iconography. Unfortunately this publication does not contain the graphics related to the subject matter.