Telakhon (Karen, ‘fruit of wisdom’). A Buddhist-influenced millennial movement among the Karen of Burma, founded in the mid-19th cent. by Con Yu. Their mythology speaks of a withdrawn high god, Ywa, whose offer of a Golden Book of knowledge and power was ignored by their ancestors; the millennium, with freedom from British and later Burmese oppression, would arrive when the Book was restored by the Karen's white younger brothers, and in preparation animal sacrifice was banned and a strict ethic adopted.
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