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A Heritage of RuinsThe Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and Their Conservation$
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William Chapman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836313

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836313.001.0001

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Burma and Malaysia

Burma and Malaysia

The Plain of Pagan and Lembah Bujang

(p.162) 6 Burma and Malaysia
A Heritage of Ruins

William Chapman

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the ruins in Burma and Malaysia, once again citing their shared history—this time as recently as both countries' absorptions into the British Empire—as context for a discussion on their otherwise differing histories, culture, and attitudes toward their own ruins. Burma maintains an unbroken significance of many of the country's ancient temples and shrines. Successive rulers did indeed experience the destruction of earlier temples and cities, but they also reoccupied existing sites. Present-day Malaysia on the other hand has a very different history, one marked by the long abandonment of ancient Hindu and Buddhist shrines and their replacement by Islam and the religious practices of the country's large Chinese minority.

Keywords:   Burma, Malaysia, Plain of Pagan, Lembah Bujang, conservation practices, British Empire

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