Newly settled dry zone taik tai ) areas on the west bank of the Irrawaddy were entrusted to the men of lesser rank, as well as those from powerful local families known as taik leaders ( taik-thugyis, tai dí ).The army was organised into a small standing army of a few thousand, which defended the capital and the palace, and a much larger conscript-based wartime army.Modern Pagans tend to be relaxed and at ease with themselves and others, and women in particular have a dignity which is not always found outside Pagan circles.

In general, the crown's authority diffused away with the increasing distance from the capital.On the other hand, Aung-Thwin continues, the latest archaeological evidence dates the Burmese script 58 to 109 years ahead of the Burma Mon script.At the top of the pyramid were the royalty (immediate royal family followed by the upper officialdom (the extended royal family and the court lower officialdom, artisans and crown service groups, and the commoners.

The Buddhist clergy, the sangha, enjoyed one of its most wealthy periods.28 The region of Pagan received waves of Burman settlements in the mid-to-late 9th century, and perhaps well into the 10th century.