The Coming of the Great Queen: A Narrative of the Acquisition of Burma

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Harrison and Sons, 1888 - British - 451 pages
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Page 413 - One of these temples — a rival to that of Solomon, and erected by some ancient Michael Angelo — might take an honourable place beside our most beautiful buildings. It is grander than anything left to us by Greece or Rome, and presents a sad contrast to the state of barbarism in which the nation is now plunged.
Page 412 - ... many things, and notably in the Fine Arts of painting, architecture, and sculpture. We were but just looking upon a most wonderful example of the two latter, for in style and beauty of architecture, solidity of construction, and magnificent and elaborate carving and sculpture, the great NagkonWat has no superior, certainly no rival, standing at the present day. The first view of the ruins is almost overwhelming.
Page 103 - ... shall fail to renew his former relations of friendship with the British Government, and if he shall recklessly seek to dispute its quiet possession of the province it has now declared to be its own, the Governor-General in Council will again put forth the power he holds, and will visit with full retribution aggressions which, if they be persisted in, must of necessity lead to the total subversion of the Burman State, and to the ruin and exile of the King and his race.
Page 21 - Thus," to quote the words of Sir Arthur Phayre, " the great empire of united Pegu and Burma, which a generation before had excited the wonder of European travellers, was utterly broken up ; and the wide delta of the Irawadi, with a soil fertile as Egypt, and in a geographical position commanding the outlet of a great natural highway, was abandoned by those who might claim to represent the ancient rulers, and left to be parcelled out by petty local chiefs and European adventurers.
Page 404 - They are disposed to idleness, inconstancy and inaction ; they are liberal almsgivers, severe in enforcing decorum between the sexes. They are fond of sports, and spend half their time in amusements.
Page 405 - Khan mak, takes precedence of all the rest, and is really the sole legitimate spouse ; and she and her descendants are the only legal heirs to the husband's possessions.
Page 405 - It is incumbent on the bridegroom to erect or to occupy a house near that of his intended, and a month or two must elapse before he can carry away his bride. No religious rites accompany the marriage, though bonzes are invited to the feast, whose duration and expense depend upon the condition of the parties. Music is an invariable accompaniment. Marriages take place early; I have seen five generations gathered round the head of a family. I asked the senior Somdetch how many of his descendants lived...
Page 314 - ... be substituted, if in their ancient customs such an one existed. To my great relief it was stated that the flesh of a bullock killed and eaten by both parties, each party receiving one of the horns of the animal, was a rite considered by them of equal weight with that of the blood-draught, and usually performed by them when a number of persons became friends and brothers.
Page 248 - We sail'd wherever ship could sail, We founded many a mighty state ; Pray God our greatness may not fail Through craven fears of being great.
Page 368 - All the young people fly in terror from the house, and divination is resorted to, to discover what animal the evil spirit will devour, and another with which it will transmigrate. The first is sacrificed, and some of the flesh placed before the corpse ; the second is hanged, and a grave dug in the direction to which the animal's head pointed when dead. Here the corpse is buried with all the clothes and ornaments worn in life, and a wisp of straw is burned on its face, before the leaves and earth...

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