The 10 best books about Myanmar - My Home Yangon

The 10 best books about Myanmar

Introduction


The Golden Path

2015, Pariyatti Publishing, by Joah McGee.

Insightful and free.

Even though it is written for meditation practitioners who wish to visit Myanmar the information provided are invaluable.


Burmese language


Burmese (Myanmar) - An Introduction to the Spoken Language, Book 1

and book 2, November 15, 2010, by John Okell and Daw Khin Mya Swe.

John Okell is the most renowned scholar of burmese language studies. His books are the best you can find to study this challenging language.

He retired from SOAS in 1999 but he has continued his teaching of Burmese through short courses convened in a variety of places, most notably Chiang Mai and Yangon.

This book is the reference to learn Burmese language

This book is the reference to learn Burmese language

History


The King in Exile: The Fall of the Royal Family of Burma

HarperCollins India, July 30, 2012, by Sudha Shah.

An interesting and highly readable book about the last Burmese King, King Thibaw.


30 Heritage Buildings of Yangon: Inside the City that Captured Time

June 19, 2012, by Association of Myanmar Architects.

a wonderful book for any reader willing to discover Yangon's colonial-era heritage.

The best book to discover Yangon's colonial-era heritage buildings

The best book to discover Yangon's colonial-era heritage buildings

Buddhism


The Foundations of Buddhism

(Opus) Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Paperback, 1998, by Rupert Gethin.

A readable introduction to Buddhism by a famous scholar.


In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (The teachings of the Buddha)

Paperback – July 28, 2005, by Bhikkhu Bodhi (Author), His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Foreword).

Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Theravada Buddhist monk, ordained in Sri Lanka. His translations from the Pali are erudite.

A wonderful read from a french anthropologist about the Weikza cult

A wonderful read from a french anthropologist about the Weikza cult

Bhikkhu Bodhi offers superb translations of classical buddhist texts

Bhikkhu Bodhi offers superb translations of classical buddhist texts

Monographies


Mantles of Merit: Chin Textiles

Hardcover – October 24, 2006 by David Fraser (Author), Barbara Fraser (Author).


Textiles from Burma: Featuring the James Henry Green Collection

Hardcover – March, 2004, by Elizabeth Dell (Editor), Sandra Dudley (Editor).


Lacquerware Journeys: The Untold Story of Burmese Lacquer

Hardcover – March 16, 2013, by Than Htun (Author).

You 'll discover everything about Chin textiles in 'Mantles of Merit'

You 'll discover everything about Chin textiles in 'Mantles of Merit'

Cookbook


Burmese food The Burma Cookbook: Recipes from the Land of a Million Pagodas

Hardcover, March 7, 2014, by Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne.

A beautiful cookbook. 

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