The origins and genesis of Rangoon, throughout the time of this writing as 26 many years known as Yangon, are a blend of legend, mystery and recognized historic truth. The Yangon of today is within a fashion of talking a completed puzzle the bits that arise from various events, various political conditions, unique political and spiritual occasions and different areas. These ‘bits’ that are crucial to Yangon’s coming to take both legend and reality is going to be the Mon Kingdom Suvannabhumi, the Mon King Okkalapa, and the tiny fishing village Okkala (afterwards Dagon), the sacred Singuttara hill, relics of 4 Buddhas for instance the recent Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, the retailer brothers Tapussa and Bhallika at Okkala, Taninganway Gyo Min, king of the celestials also known as Thagyamin, respectively Sularata, also known as Sule nat (guardian spirit), the Mon queen Shinsawbuand and the Burmese King Alaungpaya plus plenty of additional successive Mon and Burmese kings of various eras, the Shwedagon Pagoda andalso, naturally, many of those British.
The bases of Rangoon/Yangon too and the Shwedagon pagoda are inseparably intertwined together with the coming into being of 1 compulsory or made potential the arrival to being of these reverse. It’s surely safe to say that with no Mon, Yangon together with all the Shwedagon pagoda (several different items) as we know them wouldn’t exist at both Burma and with no British, Yangon (the first stunning British Colonial Rangoon facet) would neither possess its current townscape nor its significance since port town and economic heartbeat.
Alright, allow me to now travel back in time, make more particular about the ‘puzzle pieces’ then place them together by telling them among those following amazing story that has its start before the Pagan dynasty arose out of the late 9th century under the Pyu king Thamudarit yangon birmanie.
As legend has it started back into the mists of history and legend of this 6th century BC, much more just near 585 BC, with of the tiny settlement of Okkala based in the western Mon who in the period had already established earliest south-east Asian civilisations, cultures and kingdoms in the regions of present instances Mon State and over the southern boundary between Burma and Thailand in addition to in south-west Burma’s fertile delta area, specifically, the Bago Division, Yangon Division together with Pathein District (Ayeyawaddy Delta) with their afterwards main centers being Thaton and Bago. Assuming that Siddhartha Gautama was created between 563 BC and 483 BC and farther supposing he became Buddha punctually of 35, which would be one of 528 B-C and 403 BC, a year old 590 BC and 580 B C could be the acceptable point in our story commences. Back your place where Okkala was assembled was like lots of the south coast area – low-lying and often swampy land.
The Mon king Okkalapa lived during this period of time under consideration at near subject of the 5 meter/ 188 feet large Singuttara mountain, which – because legend goes – was at the time a for Buddhist sacred mountain since somewhere hidden on its own upper finished up relics of the 3 Buddhas previous Gautama Buddha. All these relics were the ‘taunghmwedaw’, walking group of the 25th Buddha Kakusandha, ” that the ‘yesittaw’, water filter out of these 26th Buddha Konagamana, in addition to a little ‘yethanauttaw’ the bathing robe of the 27th Buddha Kassapa, enshrined. Incidentally, the mountain Singuttara goes according to legend back to a massive centipede that lived here combined with whose basic foods have been elephants the actions (out of Pali ‘singa’) of that he utilized to accumulate elevated (in Pali ‘uttara’) atop the hill, therefore, the name Singuttara is created by ‘singa uttara’. Alright back to the story.
King Okkalapa now had two large problems which brought him actually a couple of annoyance. Primarily he had his very own intensive searching to its Buddha relics no idea where precisely they had been buried together with, second, he knew the Singuttara mountain could lose its sacredness if-not shortly a fresh Buddha would look and add something special from him to the relics of his eponymous. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that he can do but to sit mountain and pray that another Buddha would not encounter existence too late and that he’d come across the region where the relics of the former Buddhas were concealed punctually.
1 day after king Okkalapa was meditating and meditating at the top of the mountain Siddhartha Gautama, who had only attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Lumpini playground (North-India) overwhelmingly looked before him to not stress. He promised to fit king Okkalapa’s desire to get a talent from him disappeared to meditate for two days under the Bodhi tree. Then – in conclusion of the 49th day – that he gave the brothers Tapussa and Bhallika – retailers by profession and from Okkala – who had started to match 8 ‘hsandawshin’ (sacred hairs) out of his head (four hairs to get these) in exchange to find the exact first gift that he recuperated Buddha: honey cakes.