This "Burmese Map of the World" shows Jambudipa or the island that is home to all human-kind. Jambu refers to a black plum (Syzygium cumini), which is commonly known as the Malabar or Java plum. In Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain cosmology, Jambudipa (or Jambudvipa in Sanskrit, Zambudipa in Burmese) is the southernmost of four continents; the others are not accessible to human beings. Mount Meru stands at the centre of all four.
On this map of Jambudipa, there is a giant jambu tree as well as big mountains at the top and little islands offshore. It also has thousands of cities (pura) and is normally ruled by a chakkavatti (chakravartin in Sanskrit, sekyawaddi in Burmese) or world ruler. This map was reproduced in Thirty Seven Nats by Sir RC Temples (published in London, 1906).
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