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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: Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Ramayana...Annotation: Myanmar Ramayana as portrayed by the Pyapon town Rama Zat dramatic troupe. The Rama Court Drama a version was adopted and Burmanized from the Thai.
Author/creator: Zawgyi
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization, Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi, Vol. 1 via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (17.27KB)
Date of entry/update: 22 October 2014


Title: Exposition of Myanmar Ramayana (ေရွးဦးျမန္မာ ရာမ အဖြင့္)
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Ramayana.....Annotation: "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."
Author/creator: Zawgyi
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization, Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi, Vol. 1 via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (3.98KB)
Date of entry/update: 21 October 2014


Title: Introduction to Myanmar Ramayana
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Ramayana, 2. Ramayana...Annotation: "Introducing the Myanmar versions of the Ramayana, three versions in poetry, three in prose and three dramatic versions."
Author/creator: Zawgy
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization, Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi, Vol. 1 via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (16KB)
Date of entry/update: 22 October 2014