A Bachelor Girl in Burma

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A. and C. Black, 1907 - Burma - 275 pages
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Page 130 - Three were buried under each of the twelve gates, one at each of the four corners, one under each of the palace gates, and at the corners of the timber stockade, and four under the throne itself.
Page 29 - Pagoda is possibly the most interesting example of the growth of these buildings. It began by being a simple, humble, relic shrine, and gradually grew to its present noble dimensions. After the annexation a passage was cut from the niche facing the eastern entrance to the centre of the pagoda. It was found to be throughout of solid brickwork, and the first pagoda was found to have had seven casings added to it.
Page 123 - ... the old city of Ava, now a thicket of tangled gardens and jungle, but marked by the remaining spires of temples : on this side lay Tsagain, quite buried in a mass of rich tamarind trees. A great deal of the beauty of the view was doubtless due to the singularly fine atmosphere of the evening ; but our impression was, that the Lake of Como could not be finer ; and those who had seen Como said that it was not. Our description incited others to visit the temple next day. Seeing the whole in the...
Page 30 - The hti (the umbrella at the top) was thrown down by an earthquake in 1888, and a new one, valued at six lakhs, was put up by public subscription and with gratuitous labour. For many years the Shwe Dagon was merely gilt and re-gilt. Since the beginning of the twentieth century it has been covered with thin gold plates as far up as the top of the inverted begging-bowl, whence the columnar spire rises through the ' twisted turban,' the ' lotos flower,' and the
Page 194 - Any one is 2 l. allowed to walk freely across, and I did not hear of any accidents. Leaving the actual traversing of the bridge until the morrow, we descended into the gorge to explore the cave. Thinking that the babu was a little more exuberant in his demeanour than was quite becoming, I sent him on ahead and let the Parsees follow to form a buffer.
Page 78 - ... the rest-house on Duty days — every seventh day during the month — the monks must hold their large fans before the eyes, to guard against unwitting sin. ; and the same must be done -when they walk abroad, lest haply they should see a female face. The Book of the Law says that, even if a Phongy's mother should fall in the ditch, he must not give her his hand .-to pull her out. He may hold out a stick or let her seize the got enraged at this misunderstanding on the part of his pupil and abused...
Page 177 - In speech they might be either Burmese or Shan. They have long been isolated in the hills along the upper defile, which offered no attractions to anybody. They are a kind of lees or scum of the neighbourhood, and possibly were in the beginning refugees from justice or from tyranny.
Page 78 - All these restrictions and prohibitions remind us of what we read of some of the Christian monasteries of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. They prohibited the entrance of women •within their precincts. They prohibited the entrance, not only of women, but also of all animals of the female sex. They...
Page 236 - Nothing quite like the Pagan temples is to be found anywhere else. They should be seen by every visitor to Burma.

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