Abstract

Though they formed an essential part of Burmese court life, the Brahmins have hitherto attracted no scholarly interest outside Burma. Based on a study of royal orders and administrative compendia as well as recent Burmese research, this article1 gives for the first time an overview of the origins, the ritual and ceremonial functions and the organization of the punna. The main section is preceded by an overview of sources and research questions. Special emphasis is given in the last part to the noteworthy role played by punna in King Bodawphaya's reform policies.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2010-314X
Print ISSN
1094-799X
Pages
pp. 159-202
Launched on MUSE
2011-03-30
Open Access
No
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