Ramanna, Rāmañña: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The Pali name for Burma, referring particularly to the maritime provinces.

After the conversion of Ramanna to Buddhism, there was a constant intercourse between that country and Ceylon (So says also Cv.lxxvi.10f). Vijayabahu I. sent an embassy to Anuruddha, king of Ramanna, and obtained from him learned and pious monks to re establish the Sangha in Ceylon (Cv.lxviii.8; lx.5ff.; but see Cv. Trs.i.n.4).

The kings of Ramanna seem to have been in the habit of giving a special maintenance to Singhalese envoys sent to their country. The chief trade between the two countries was in elephants; the king of Ramanna made a gift of an elephant to every vessel bringing gifts from foreign lands. In the time of Parakkamabahu I., relations were strained between the two countries as a result of insults paid by the king of Ramanna, and Parakkamabahu sent a punitive expedition under the Damiladhikarin, Adicca. This expedition started from Pallavanka, and some of the forces landed at Kusumi in Ramanna and the others at Papphalama. It is said that in a battle fought at Ukkama, the Singhalese forces killed the Ramanna king. Thereafter, through the intervention of the monks, peace was restored between the two countries, and the Ramanas, as the people of Ramanna were called, sent a yearly tribute to the king of Ceylon. For details of this expedition see Cv.lxxvi.10ff.; also Cv. Trs.ii.69, n.3.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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