The question of ‘China’ in Burmese chronicles
Goh, Geok Yian
Date of Issue2010
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Historical studies of Burma–China relations have emphasised warfare, seen from the perspective of Chinese sources. One commonly studied event is the thirteenth-century Mongol invasion of Bagan. Burmese sources describe the flight of King Narathihapate (1257–87) from the Mongols, thus earning the Burmese epithet ‘Taruppye’. ‘Tarup’ now refers to the Chinese, but the identities of the people and region to which the term applies have not been constant. This paper discusses the question of the identity of ‘Tarup’ in the Burmese chronicles.
Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
© 2010 The National University of Singapore (Published by Cambridge University Press). This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Cambridge University Press. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022463409990282].