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New Formed Mon Researcher To Protect Old Kingdom

Kaowao
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Burma’s ethnic Mon have formed a Mon research committee to study the Mon history of Suvarnabhumi in order to increase their knowledge of and respect for their old kingdom. This development follows an October 12th article from Burma’s state-run media that wrongly reported Suvarnabhumi to be belonging not to Mon history but rather to the Pyu Kingdom.

It is article page that publish on Oct.12 about Suvarnabhumi belong Pyu ethnic and its Kingdom at Burma's state-run media. (Photo:Kaowao)

The article detailed the history of the ethnic Pyu and how they had built their kingdom, which included Suvarnabhumi.

This false history sparked anger in the ethnic Mon community, which led to Mon leader from different political parties joining Buddhist monks on October 22 in Mudon to form an official research committee.

The research committee has fifty members, all of whom are set to investigate the history of Suvarnabhumi, which was in the Mon kingdom destroyed by the Burmese King Alaunghpaya in 1757.
The committee’s leaders have been drawn from ethnic Mon political parties – the New Mon State Party, the Mon Democracy Party, and the Mon Region Democracy Party – and Mon Buddhist monks.

Members of the committee said the Burmese government has intentionally tried to eliminate the Mon history, which pressed them to form a research committee to legitimize their own ethnic history.

“They [Burmese government] have used weapons to eliminate us Mon and other ethnic people in Burma, but they could not do it. This is a much softer but no less dangerous method – eliminating our ethnic histories.” said MDP joint chairman Nai Tin Aung.

“They may able to find some artifacts from Pyu in our old kingdom, but it is unacceptable to highlights only these artifacts because this was our real Mon kingdom,” he added.

The researcher committee will present their research on Suvarnabhumi  in Rangoon in November. They hope this event will point out the inaccuracy of the original article from the state-run newspaper.

Ven Ravika, a senior Mon Buddhist monk, said, “The government’s research department does not base its report of history from records; rather, they just write whatever history they want. If you are Pyu, then you are Burmese. This is in their history. They do not research Mon and Arakan land. Therefore, they have damaged the reputation of the Burmese researcher.”


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