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Bagan and the World: Early Myanmar and Its Global Connections

by Goh Geok Yian

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 sites 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.

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Preliminary pages
1. Keynote: The Myth of "Splendid Isolation"
2. Analysis of Construction Technologies in Pyu Cities and Bagan
3. Khraung-kaik Pitaka-taik: 16th-Century Repositories for Buddhist Scriptuers in Mrauk-U
4. Religious Symbols as Decorations on the Sikhara of Ancient Monuments in the Late Bagan Period
5. The Viṣhṇu on Garuḍa from the Nat Hlaung Kyaung Temple, Bagan
6. A Thousand Years before Bagan: Radiocarbon Dates and Myanmar's Ancient Pyu Cities
7. Ta Mok Shwe-Gu-Gyi Temple Kyaukse and Bagan
8. Silver Links! Bagan–Bengal and Shadowy Metal Corridors: 9th to 13th Centuries
9. Positioning Bagan in the Buddhist Ecumene: Myanmar's Trans-Polity Connections
10. Orthogeneity, Settlement Patterns and Earthenware Pottery Distribution in Bagan
Index
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  • Number of Pages : 240
  • Publisher : ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 320g
  • Product Code : 9789814786027
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Goh Geok Yian

Goh Geok Yian is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.