Hans-Bernd Zöllner

A Religious State Affair

The Story of the Kyauk-taw-gyi Pagoda in Insein. A Case Study on Buddhism and Politics in Burma/Myanmar from Royal Times until Today

november 2021, 158 pages, paperback, size 225 x 155 mm
isbn 978-3-947729-34-0
series Das regionale Fachbuch

also available as ebook (PDF)


24,90 euro (D)
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A must-see for any visitor to Yangon is the Kyauk-taw-gyi (Great noble stone) Pagoda, the site of the country’s largest marble Buddha image – 37 feet high and weighing more than 500 tonnes. This book tells the story of the creation of the massive statue at the beginning of this century, placing the project in the context of Myanmar’s history, from royal times to the military coup of 1 February 2021. The colourful and richly illustrated story of the marble Buddha and its precursors and successors provides insight into the composition of Burmese-Buddhist society, while also shedding light on the legitimation of power in the predominantly Buddhist country and at the same illustrating the sensitive and often underestimated relevance of Buddhism in Myanmar politics.