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Title: Specialists for Ritual, Magic and Devotion: The Court Brahmins (Punna) of the Konbaung Kings (1752-1885)
Date of publication: 2006
Description/subject: Abstract: "Though they formed an essential part of Burmese court life, the Brahmins have hitherto attracted no scholarly interest outside Burma. Based on a study of royal orders and administrative compendia as well as recent Burmese research, this article gives for the first time an overview of the origins, the ritual and ceremonial functions and the organization of the punna. The main section is preceded by an overview of sources and research questions. Special emphasis is given in the last part to the noteworthy role played by punna in King Bodawphaya�s reform policies."
Author/creator: Jacques P. Leider
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Journal of Burma Studies" Vol. 10, 2005/06
Format/size: pdf (804K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol10/index.shtml (JBS Vol. 10)
Date of entry/update: 31 December 2008


Title: Ancient Myanmar Ramayana
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: Myanmar Ramayana as portrayed by the Pyapon town Rama Zat dramatic troupe. The Rama Court Drama version was adopted and Burmanized from the Thai.....Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Ramayana.
Author/creator: Zawgyi
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ; (Metadata: English, Burmese)
Source/publisher: "Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi", Vol. 1, Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization, via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (174K-reduced version; 684K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0011.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 October 2014


Title: Exposition of Myanmar Ramayana
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: The story of Rama was known in Bagan period according to evidence in Nathlaung Kyaung. It may at one time have been a Hindu temple as well as Phetleik Pagoda. In the 18th century Thai artists brought from Ayudhaya introduced the Thai Ramayana Court Drama. An early version of Myanmar Ramayana is the poem Rama Thagin by U Aung Phyo composed in the 18th century. It was written in prose by an anonymous author and entitled Maharama early in the 19th century....Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Ramayana...This piece was split into 2 sections (see alternate URLs) reduced and combined by OBL into the original single article)
Author/creator: Zawgyi
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ (Metadata: English and Burmese)
Source/publisher: "Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi", Vol.1, pp105-156, 1993, Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (2.7MB-combined)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0013a.pdf (3.7MB)
http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0013b.pdf (3.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


Title: Introduction to Myanmar Ramayana
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: Introducing the Myanmar versions of the Ramayana, three versions in poetry, three in prose and three dramatic versions....Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Ramayana, 2. Ramayana.
Author/creator: Zawgyi
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ; (Metadata: English, Burmese)
Source/publisher: "Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi", Vol. 1, Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization, via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (273K-reduced version; 982K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0012.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 October 2014


Title: Ramayana in Burmese Literature and Arts
Date of publication: December 1976
Description/subject: This paper was referred to the article "The Ramayana in Burma", presented in Guardian Magazine Vol. 20, No.7 (July 1973). Author wrote about the Ramayana's development in Myanmar literature. Three are in prose, 3 are verse and 3 are drama. They are: (A) Prose - Rama Valtlu, Maha Rama and Rama Thonmyo [Saya Htwe] (B) Poetry - Rama Thagyin (U Aung Pho), Rama Yanon (U Toe), and Alaung Rama Thagyin [Saya Htun of Akyab] (C] Drama - Thiri Rama, Nataka Kyaw Gaung by Nemyo Nataka Kyaw, Pontaw Rama Pt. 1 by Gaung Ku, Pontaw Rama and Lakkhana, Pt. 1 (1910) by U Maung Gyi (Debein).....Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Ramayana
Author/creator: Zawgyi
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Journal of Burma Research Society", Vol. 59, Part 1&2, pp138-154, 1976-12, via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (696MB-reduced version; 1MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0018.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014