History of Southeast Asia

History of Southeast Asia

Episode 9, The First Burmese Empire

November 16, 2016

This episode covers Burma (also called Myanmar) in the Middle Ages, with special emphasis on the Bagan Empire. Visit a city with more than 2,000 pagodas!  Learn what makes Theravada Buddhism different from the other Buddhist sects.  Meet a king who ruled for 95 years, and another king who ate 300 dishes of curry every day!  Hear me mispronounce their names! It's all here for your listening pleasure!

Ananda Temple

Here is part of the Bagan skyline, showing a few of its ruined pagodas.

Ananda Temple And here is Bagan's most spectacular building, the Ananda Temple.

donations to the pagodas
Finally, this graph shows how much land, workers and silver supported Burma's Buddhist clergy.

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