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February 27, 2018

Temple excavation unearths ancient tablets


Nearly 200 ancient votive tablets were unearthed recently at the temple of Abbot Shweminwun, founder of the Hngettwin Sangha sect, in Thaton Township of southern Myanmar’s Mon State. The temple, which is more than a century old, is in the precinct of the Satubonmika Maha Thapatipahtan monastery. Abbot Ashin Tikkhañana of the monastery said, “On 15 June, we found 93 ancient votive tablets and 83 pieces of tablets which may have been made before the Bagan Era between the 5th and 11th centuries.”
Mon State Minister for Planning and Economy Dr Min Nwe Soe said expert help would be sought to analyze and decipher the tablets.
Abbot Ashin Tikkhañana said the votive tablets, which demonstrate a variety of hand postures, would be kept at the temple as museum pieces.–Thet Oo (Thaton)


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