Ebooks – Burmese History
From time to time we come across some interesting E-books & Articles related to Burmese History and Buddhism in Burma (old name), now referred to as Myanmar which we like to share with visitors to our web site. None are authored by us and we would ask that you respect the rights of the authors regarding the copyrights of these articles. Most can be found online, but we have included a download link for convenience.
- 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
FORBIDDEN GLIMPSES OF SHAN STATE
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.
RELICS, STATUES AND PREDICTIONS
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 inquiry….
ROHINGYA HISTORY – MYTH AND REALITY
Interesting article on the plight of the Rohingya people in Arakan, Northern Myanmar. This is an older article and does not include historical or current information on the plight of the Rohingya that have been displaced, many now in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Burmese Buddhist Imagery of the Early Bagan Period (1044 – 1113 AD) By Charlotte Kendrick Galloway – Just one of a few papers written by this author. This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the Australian National University.
THE BUDDHIST ART OF ANCIENT ARAKAN
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 Burmese Buddhist Iconography. Unfortunately this publication does not contain the graphics related to the subject matter. Other online reading on Ancient Arakan