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(Pāli). Name of a country, variously identified with the region of Lower Burma around Pagān.a locality in Bengal, and part of Thailand and Sumatra. Most probably it refers to the Mon coastal lands stretching from the frontier with Arakan to parts of present-day Malaya. After the Third Council (see Council of Pāṭaliputra II), the elders Soṇa and Uttara visited the region in order to convert it to Buddhism.

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