Burmese Buddist [sic] Priests (Poongyes)
Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Buddhist monks in Burma (Myanmar), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. The group is posed on the steps of a monastery. Theravada Buddhism is the state religion of Burma. Practised here since atleast the 3rd century BC, it
became established in Burma during the reign of King Anawrahta in the 11th century. Buddhist monks or pongyis are accorded a reverential status by Burmese society and the monkhood or Sangha occupies an important place in the country’s religious and secular life. The photograph is from an album devoted almost entirely to Lord Elgin's Burma tour of November to December 1898. Victor Alexander Bruce (1849-1917), ninth Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine, served as Viceroy of India between 1894 and 1899.