- Buddhist monument at Pagan (Bagan), built around 1059 by Manuha, the Mon king of Thaton who was taken captive by Anawrahta, founder of the Pagan Dynasty. Often considered "Burma's first political prisoner," Manuha was treated disrespectfully by his captor but allowed to build the temple, the design of which allegedly shows his displeasure at losing his freedom. The building is small and rather unimpressive, and three seated and one reclining Buddha images are too large for the narrow, claustrophobic chambers in which they are housed, where they look distinctly uncomfortable.See also Architecture, Religious; Pagan Dynasty.
Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). Donald M. Seekins . 2014.
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