Shwedagon by Elizabeth Moore, Hansjörg Mayer and U Win Pe
Golden Pagoda of Myanmar
For many centuries the golden stupa of the Shwedagon, the pagoda enshrining the sacred hairs of the Buddha, has dominated the landscape of Rangoon and, since the 19th century, it has been the spiritual symbol of the entire Burmese nation. Few other countries have a shrine such as this, ancient yet so much a part of today. Everyone who has been to Myanmar has a memory of their first visit to the Shwedagon, for all born in Myanmar, the Shwedagon is part of their life.
The texts by archaeologist and art historian Elizabeth Moore of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and Burmese scholar U-Win Pe discuss the history and evolution of the stupa, illustrated by many old pictures and plans. The atmosphere of a visit to the Shwedagon is admirably captured in a series of photographs by Hansjörg Mayer.
175 in colour
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