Bagan and the World: Early Myanmar and Its Global Connections

Bagan and the World: Early Myanmar and Its Global Connections

Goh Geok Yian, John Miksic and Michael Aung-Thwin, editors

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ISBN: 9789814786652

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The archaeological site of Bagan and the kingdom which bore its name contains one of the greatest concentrations of ancient architecture and art in Asia. Much of what is visible today consists of ruins of Buddhist monasteries. While these monuments are a major tourist attraction, recent advances in archaeology and textual history have added considerable new understanding of this kingdom, which flourished between the 11th and 14th centuries. Bagan was not an isolated monastic site; its inhabitants participated actively in networks of Buddhist religious activity and commerce, abetted by the site’s location near the junction where South Asia, China and Southeast Asia meet. This volume presents the result of recent research by scholars from around the world, including indigenous Myanmar people, whose work deserves to be known among the international community. The perspective on Myanmar’s role as an integral part of the intellectual, artistic and economic framework found in this volume yields a glimpse of new themes which future studies of Asian history will no doubt explore.

Imprint: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
Language: English
Number of Pages: 250
Subject: History & Geography
Copyright Year: 2017


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