Gazetteer of Upper Burma and the Shan States, Part 1, Volume 2

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superintendent, Government printing, Burma, 1900 - Burma
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Page 29 - The rudimentary form of all religion is the propitiation of dead ancestors, who are supposed to be still existing, and to be capable of working good or evil to their descendants.
Page 20 - Thammuz came next behind, Whose annual wound in Lebanon allured The Syrian damsels to lament his fate In amorous ditties all a summer's day, While smooth Adonis from his native rock Ran purple to the sea, supposed with blood Of Thammuz yearly wounded...
Page 18 - Ndt-thein, or spirit mediums, enter, carrying shells in their right hands and sprigs of young leaves in their left. They are all dressed alike in ornamental-bordered waist-cloths, broad-sleeved jackets, and white scarves thrown over their shoulders. They advance with mincing steps and chant the Nat-than as follows: " I am the King of the worlds that are situated in the midst of the Four Islands and are surrounded by the Seven Encircling Seas and the Seven Ranges of Mountains. The righteous and the...
Page 248 - ... which range parallel to the river and arrest the clouds in their passage as is the case on the eastern side of the peninsula of India. " Solicitous to obtain accurate information on a subject so interesting as this natural source of wealth, I had all the principal proprietors assembled on board my boat and collected from them the following particulars. The foregoing I learned at the wells from the miners and others. " I endeavoured to guard against exaggeration, as well as to obviate...
Page 245 - Government farm out the ground that supplies this useful commodity ; and it is again let to adventurers, who dig wells at their own hazard, by which they sometimes gain, and often lose, as the labour and expense of digging are considerable.
Page 32 - Why, sir, the host replied, We thought, perhaps, that he might one day leave us; And then should strangers have The good man's grave; A loss like that would naturally grieve us, For he'll be made a saint of, to be sure. Therefore we thought it prudent to secure His relics while we might, And so we meant to strangle him one night.
Page 246 - These at present narrow the stream to three quarters and in some places to half a mile, but are overflowed in the rains ; the main bank rather low and sandy, subject to be overflowed, its whole breadth about...
Page 245 - ... with timber ; the oil is drawn up in an iron pot, fastened to a rope passed over a wooden cylinder, which revolves on an axis, supported by two upright posts. When the pot is filled, two men take...
Page 247 - ... depth. They were piercing a new well when I was there, had got to the depth of eighty cubits, and expected oil at ten or twenty cubits more.
Page 252 - That of the air, when we left the ship an hour before, was eighty-two degrees. To make the experiment perfectly accurate we ought to have brought a second thermometer along with us, but this was neglected. We looked into one or two of the wells and could discern the bottom. The liquid seemed as if boiling ; but whether from the emission of gaseous fluids, or simply from the escape of the oil itself from the ground, we had no means of determining.

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