A stone inscription, believed to be the earliest of from the Bagan period, has been found in Mandalay. The inscription is written in six languages. Believe it or not, it’s not the first Rosetta Stone-esque inscription to be found in Myanmar. The Myazedi inscription is a four-faced pillar in Mon, Pyu, Pali and Burmese chronicling the kings of Bagan. It is now housed in the Bagan Museum.
Update: it has been pointed out to me that there are earlier inscriptions dating to the 5th century – this is not the earliest stone inscription from Myanmar, but probably the oldest Bagan period inscription.
Ancient stone inscription found in Myittha
Eleven Myanmar, 13 December 2013
The stone inscription of King Sawlu of the Bagan dynasty was found in Myittha, Mandalay and is believed to be the earliest stone inscription to date in Myanmar, experts say.
This inscription is the first inscription in Myanmar made in multiple languages and included Myanmar, Sanskrit, Pyu, Pyu Sanskrit, Mon and Yun.
King Sawlu’s stone inscription predates the Myazedi inscription by 60 years, according to experts.
“Although stones had been inscribed during King Anarawhta’s era, there are only recasts of his stone inscriptions so you can say that King Sawlu’s inscription is the earliest inscription. Five languages were first found on the inscription and then another language was found later. So, there are six languages now. Experts are now studying the inscription,” said Win Maung, a traditional architect.
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