Myanmar Historic Relation to other countries

Myanmar Historic Relation to other countries

Also the state organization with an absolute monarch or godlike king at the head of a hierarchy plus elements in the administration, astrology and several religious rituals and court ceremonial were similar to the ones in India, there were also strong links with Sri Lanka and China.
Most about the first 1000 years comes from Chinese sources published in dynastic records such as the Tang History, and the Manshu (Book of the Southern Barbarians). The Chinese influence came into sericulture and silk production, paper making, lacquer ware, ceramics and metal production strongly influenced the crafts.

Continuous wars over the centuries gave military traditions a deep root into the country. The people taken prisoner transferred many innovations into various aspects. It actually looks that many wars where started to seize plenty of people who had certain technical skills and knowledge.

Since there was abundant land available throughout the country whole villages from neighboring countries where resettled. They were preferably settled in areas where their skills could be used in a productive manner.

Much of what we know from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries came from European travelers. The total country area covers 676, 577 sq. km (261,789 sq. miles), about the size of Great Britain and France combined. In this huge landmass are plenty of valuables hidden such as precious stones, oil, gas, wood, agriculture products, different minerals and metals. From a tourist point of view its culturebeachesicy mountains, lakes, rivers, jungle and great people of around 130 ethnicities.

The Pyu and Mon

of lower Myanmar and the Pyu of central part (about 200 BC-AD 1000). These early cultures share similarities with other prehistoric sites in South-East Asia. A wide variety of arts and crafts in Myanmar dates back to the ancient Mon and Pyu
peoples, the earliest currently known inhabitants of present-day Myanmar , who by the early years of the Christian era had developed civilizations in Central and Lower Burma. By the early centuries of the first millennium AD, a branch of the Myanmar Mon or Talaing people had settled in southern Myanmar in the delta area between the Sittang and Salween Rivers with their capital at Thaton.

Another centre was established at Pegu or today Bago after the sixth century AD. This area has been generally identified in local folklore as being the Suvarnabhumi of Indian Buddhist. Myanmar tradition connects Thaton to King Siharaja, a ruler during the lifetime of theBuddha of this area.

Legend tells about a Myanmar Buddhist mission, led by monks Sona and Uttara, who were dispatched to Suvarnabhumi after the Third Buddhist Synod at Pataliputra in about 241 AD. There is also a local belief that the two merchant brothers Taphussa and Bhallika of the Buddhist canon or Tripitaka , who became the Buddha’s first converts, were also from Ramannadesa.
The eight hair relics which they received from the Buddha are reportedly enshrined in the Shwedagon pagoda at Yangon.

Myanmar chronicles also assert that people of Thaton made a voyage to Ceylon around AD 400 to transcribe the Buddhist scriptures into Mon characters. Although historical evidence is currently lacking to positively verify the various above-mentioned personages, archaeological finds do indicate that Buddhism was well established

in Lower Burma by the fifth century AD.