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Rangoon
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, a city in the Pegu division of Burma lying on both sides of the Hlaing river at its point of junction with the Pegu river and the Pazundaung creek, twenty-one miles from the sea.

Legend, not entirely undocumented, relates that the great pagoda at Rangoon (Mon, Kyaik Lagung; Burmese, Shwe Dagon) was founded during the life-time of the Buddha and was repaired by the emperor Açoka (J. B. R. S., xxiv. 4 and 20).

History proper begins with the establishment of Pegu as the capital of a Mon kingdom in 1369. A convenient port was required for this kingdom. Bassein, which had been the chief…

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Davies, C. Collin, “Rangoon”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_3674>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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