Sacred Sites of Burma by Donald M. Stadtner
Myth and Folklore in an Evolving Spiritual Realm
The sacred sites of Burma are amongst the most beautiful and spectacular in all of Asia. However, the fame and sacredness of these holy places rests almost solely on the myths and legends that surround their founding and the origins of their relics. These Buddhist tales can arise and evolve with astounding speed and creativity drawing on a variety of sources ranging from local folklore to Sri Lankan chronicles. The author uncovers the evidence for and traces the development of these intricate myths across a wide spectrum of sacred sites ranging from Yangon and the Mon State in Lower Burma to Pagan and Mandalay in Upper Burma as well as considering the areas of Shan influence around Inle lake.
The book demonstrates how sacred sites can emerge with remarkable frequency in our own time with only those that possess myths catching the imagination of the Buddhist faithful having any chance of long term survival. Sacred Sites of Burma is an essential read for anyone interested in the development of Buddhism in its many aspects, be they its art, archaeology, history or belief.
Large size 170 x 232 mm.
348 pages, 482 colour illustrations with 12 maps and plans