The Burmese Empire a Hundred Years Ago (Google eBook)

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A. Constable, 1893 - Bengal (India) - 311 pages
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Page 308 - Scarba's isle, whose tortured shore Still rings to Corrievreken's roar, And lonely Colonsay; — Scenes sung by him who sings no more ! His bright and brief career is o'er, And mute his tuneful strains ; Quench'd is his lamp of varied lore, That loved the light of song to pour ; A distant and a deadly shore Has LEYDEN'S cold remains ! XII.
Page 44 - Carian [Karen], a good and peaceable people who live, dispersed through the forests of Pegu, in small villages consisting of four or five houses. These villages, upon the death of any inhabitant, are thrown down and destroyed in a moment by the survivors, who suppose the devil to have taken possession of the place. It is worthy of observation that, although residing...
Page 1 - Palestine; on the south, by the Indian Ocean ; on the east, by the Gulfs of Bassora and Ormuz ; and on the west by the Red Sea, which separates it from Egypt.
Page 115 - ... directly from their hands; and indeed to such a height are these precautions carried that they may not touch the clothes of a woman, or caress a female child however young, or even handle a female animal. But their scruples with regard to clothes are at an end, when they are given to them, for they maintain that in this case the clothes are purified as it were by the merit of the almsdeed. For the better preservation of chastity it is further decreed, that the Talapoins do not eat any thing after...
Page xxii - HIGH on a throne of royal state, which far Outshone the wealth of Ormus and of Ind, Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold...
Page 112 - Shwa-gnong formerly rested, and which, for distinction's sake, may be fitly termed the semi-atheistic. Its fundamental doctrine is, that divine wisdom, not concentrated in any existing spirit, or embodied in any form, but diffused throughout the universe, and partaken in different degrees by various intelligences, and in a very high degree by the Boodhs, is the true and only God.
Page 75 - Godama were elapsed, and that he himself was the God, who was to appear after that period, and to abolish the ancient law in substituting his own. But to his great mortification many of the Talapoins undertook to demonstrate the contrary...
Page 73 - Of the Burmese we read—" their goods likewise, and even their persons are reputed his [the king's] property, and on this ground it is that he selects for his concubine any female that may chance to please his eye.
Page xviii - ... men. In these countries, women are not so universally confined in the interior of their houses, without the remotest chance of ever appearing in public. They are seen circulating freely in the streets ; they preside at the comptoir, and hold an almost exclusive possession of the bazaars. Their social position is more elevated, in every respect, than that of the persons of their sex in the regions where Buddhism is not the predominating creed.
Page xviii - In these countries, women are not so universally confined in the interior of their houses, without the remotest chance of ever appearing in public. They are seen circulating freely in the streets ; they preside at the comptoir, and hold an almost exclusive possession of the bazaars. Their social position is more elevated, in every respect, than that of the persons of their sex in the regions where Buddhism is not the predominating creed. They may be said to be men's companions, and not their slaves.

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