Hmawbi Saya Thein

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Born 1862
Hmawbi, Hinthada District, British Burma
Died 1942 (aged 79–80)
Hmawbi, Burma
Occupation writer
Period early 20th century
Genre history, culture

Hmawbi Saya Thein (Burmese: မော်ပီဆရာသိန်း, pronounced: [mɔ̀bì sʰəjá θéiɴ]; 1862–1942) was a Burmese writer, known for his articles on Burmese culture and history.[1]

In his travels around the country Thein collected many historical artifacts, manuscripts, traditions and oral history related to Burmese history and culture. Based on his research and collection, he wrote many articles about Burmese culture and history in magazines in colonial Burma. Many of the articles were later collected, some posthumously, and published in book form.[1]


  • A Crazy Man's Shoulder Bag: A collection of anecdotes that used to be required reading in the school curriculum.
  • An Oral Chronicle: Purported oral history passed down from father to son about events in the court of King Bagyidaw of the Konbaung Dynasty.


  1. ^ a b Thaw Kaung (2003-02-01). "Lagunbyee Old Town and the Discovery of the First Ceramic Kiln". Myanmar Perspectives. Retrieved 2008-08-25.