Historical Dictionary of Ancient Southeast Asia by John N. Miksic

By John N. Miksic

A person who has noticeable the lovely ruins at Angkor, Bagan, and Barabudur will effectively comprehend why Southeast Asia is the host of such a lot of United international locations academic, clinical, and Cultural association global background websites. As appealing because the spiraling towers, difficult carvings, and mild bas-reliefs decorating those monuments are, besides the fact that, they simply slightly scratch the outside of the large historic and cultural history of the region.

Covering the nations of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam through the interval from the 1st to the 15th century, the Historical Dictionary of old Southeast Asia is helping us understand the massive and complicated background of the sector via a chronology, a word list, a bibliography, an advent, appendixes, maps, photos, diagrams, and hundreds of thousands of cross-referenced dictionary entries at the significant (and many minor) websites, the extra major old figures, the kingdoms they governed over, the industrial and social family members among them, and the creative, cultural, and non secular context.

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He also ruled Bali by virtue of his descent from Udayana. Airlangga established a capital at Kahuripan, the location of which has not been discovered. He sponsored several religious foundations, such as a monastery called Sriwijayasrama. Why he should have chosen this name is unclear; it has been speculated that he married a princess from Sumatra after the Chola capture of Palembang in 1025. He built another monstery at Pucangan, in the Brantas delta. Inscriptions set up during his reign in east Java refer to commercial relations with several parts of India, Sri Lanka, and Champa and with Remen (Mons) and Khmers.

Digging this moat involved removing 1,500,000 cubic meters of earth; this could have been done by 5,000 men in 10 years. The main entrance is on the west. The entire complex is surrounded by a wall on the inner side of the moat. To reach the shrine, one crosses the western moat via a bridge of laterite surfaced with sandstone, leading to a sandstone gate with main entrances for pedestrians and side entrances that would have been accessible by carts and other wheeled vehicles. Since no other major temples were constructed during this period, it seems likely that most of the kingdom’s manpower and other resources were devoted to this single project.

In addition, Sokkate had taken Anawrahta’s mother as his queen and insulted Anawrahta, who in great wrath asked his father Kyaungphyu for help, which came in the form of five magical implements. qxd 16 • 11/14/06 2:35 PM Page 16 ANCESTOR WORSHIP latter with his areindama lance at Myinkaba. He became king in 1044 after his father rejected his offer to reassume the throne. Anawrahta is a half-legendary, half-real figure in Burmese texts. The Glass Palace Chronicle and other works ascribe various achievements to him, but few can be confirmed by inscriptions or other evidence from the time when these events actually took place.

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