Overturning The Offering Bowl

   A boycott of Tatmadaw personnel and their families by Buddhist monks in the summer of 1990. The shooting of two monks by the army in Mandalay during a popular demonstration on August 8 and other heavy-handed treatment of members of the Sangha by the authorities led senior abbots at monasteries in Mandalay to declare in late August that monks should not accept offerings given by soldiers or their families or participate in army-sponsored ceremonies, a severe form of "excommunication." The protest spread from Mandalay to other cities, including monasteries in Rangoon (Yangon), the "offering bowl" being "overturned" so as not to accept offerings from soldiers. The State Law and Order Restoration Council responded by raiding monasteries, arresting monk activists, and pressuring senior monks to cancel the boycott.
   See also Yedaya.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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