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Who Killed The King of Bagan?

Jame DiBiasio
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Overview

Who Killed the King of Bagan? tells the story of Bagan (and thus the founding
of Myanmar) through the device of a murder mystery. Bagan’s most important
king was Anawrahta. According to the Myanmarese chronicles, he died under
suspicious circumstances, and contemporary Burmese writers surmise he was
assassinated. But why, and by whom? The answers are tepid and unconvincing.
The book teases out a possible culprit who is overlooked today for long-standing
cultural and religious reasons. The process of examining the evidence involves two
journeys. One is through time—a rough chronology of the important kings and
the racey gossip the chronicles tell about them. The second is physical—walking
through ten different temples, each representing a theme in Bagan’s history, and
using this to unpack what the legacy of Anawrahta was.

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Published: Apr/2020

ISBN: 9789814882965

Length: 160 Pages

Who Killed The King of Bagan?

Jame DiBiasio
Overview

Who Killed the King of Bagan? tells the story of Bagan (and thus the founding
of Myanmar) through the device of a murder mystery. Bagan’s most important
king was Anawrahta. According to the Myanmarese chronicles, he died under
suspicious circumstances, and contemporary Burmese writers surmise he was
assassinated. But why, and by whom? The answers are tepid and unconvincing.
The book teases out a possible culprit who is overlooked today for long-standing
cultural and religious reasons. The process of examining the evidence involves two
journeys. One is through time—a rough chronology of the important kings and
the racey gossip the chronicles tell about them. The second is physical—walking
through ten different temples, each representing a theme in Bagan’s history, and
using this to unpack what the legacy of Anawrahta was.

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Jame DiBiasio

Jame DiBiasio is the author of THE STORY OF ANGKOR, which was published by Silkworm Books in 2013, which was also an extensively researched history for tourists. He has also published two novels out: GAIJIN COWGIRL (Crime Wave Press, 2013) and BLOODY PARADISE (Water Street Crime, 2016). Jame has been living in Asia since 1997. He is an award-winning financial journalist and founding editor of AsianInvestor.