British Burma and Its People: Being Sketches of Native Manners, Customs, and Religion

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J. Murray, 1878 - Burma - 364 pages

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Page 44 - UNLIKE the generality of Asiatics, the Burmese are not a fawning race. They are cheerful and singularly alive to the ridiculous ; buoyant, elastic, soon recovering from personal or domestic disaster.
Page 126 - It consists of two bamboos, four inches in diameter and five feet long, which are set upright, forming the cylinders, which are open above, and closed below, except by two small bamboo tubes which converge and meet at the fire. Each piston consists of a bunch of feathers or other soft substance, which expands and fits tightly in the cylinder while it is being forcibly driven down, and collapses to let the air pass as it is drawn up; and a boy perched on a high seat or stand works the two pistons...
Page 175 - Maywoon to bear a part ourselves in a sport that is universally practised throughout the Birman dominions, on the concluding day of their annual cycle. To wash away the impurities of the past, and commence the new year free from stain...
Page 236 - It is called teh, a word signifying to mount, and takes its name from its commencing in the feet and ascending upwards through all the members of the body. It presents the appearance of a stupor or numbness, by which the patient is at last deprived of all feeling, and even of speech. The Burmese attribute it to the wind, but its true cause seems to be the congealing and torpor of the humours, particularly of the nervous fluid, from the want of exercise, as also from the intemperate use of viscous...
Page 280 - It is worthy of observation that, although residing in the midst of the Burmese and Peguans, they not only retain their own language, but even in their dress, houses, and everything else are distinguished from them ; and what is more remarkable, they have a different religion. This indeed only consists in adoring, or rather fearing, an evil genius whom they suppose to inhabit their forests, and to whom they offer rice and other food, when they are sick, or apprehend any misfortune. They are totally...
Page 251 - Brown, the excellent American missionary, who has spent his whole life in preaching the Gospel in that part of the world, tells us that some tribes who left their native village to settle in another valley, became unintelligible to their forefathers in two or three generations.
Page 45 - ... irksome to them, yet they are not devoid of a certain degree of enterprise. Great dabblers in small mercantile ventures, they may be called (the women especially) a race of hucksters. Not treacherous or habitual perverters of the truth, yet crédulo us and given to monstrous exaggeration.
Page 150 - Way-than-da-ra, the story of one of the previous existences of (ian-da-ma, in which he exemplified the great virtue of alms-giving, and in itself one of the most affecting and beautifully written compositions in Burma. . . . The little company used to perform this piece capitally, but the acting of the little maid of fourteen in the part of the princess could not be surpassed.
Page 175 - About an hour before sunset we went to the maywoon's, and found that his lady had provided plentifully to give us a wet reception. In the hall were placed three large China jars, full of water, with bowls and ladles to fling it. Each of us, on entering, had a bottle of...
Page 149 - ... daughter of the head man, a slight pretty girl ; the others boys and girls, " younger. The parents and villagers generally were very proud of their " talents, and they were regularly trained by an old man as stage manager, " prompter, etc., etc. Their principal piece was the ' Way-than-da-ra

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