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while in others the wall is built only half height. The roof over the centre of the building, being raised higher than the covering of the sides, is supported by very fine lofty posts of teak, and tiled, and the whole adorned with carved wooden ornaments, and a small pyathatx over the centre. The insides of the buildings are painted with subjects taken from their sacred writings, principally from the five hundred and fifty sails,2 and are by no means badly done ; the pillars and roof are highly ornamented and gilt. The interiors of most of these buildings, which are numerous in the town, are rich and handsome, and are kept remarkably clean and in good order.
The monasteries of the priests are similar in size to the temples, but not ornamented ; the interior is partitioned off into small rooms for their accommodation, rendering the building very dark. The numerous trees about these religious buildings render them cool and pleasant; and the grounds, which are surrounded by a low brick wall, are kept very neatly swept and are evidently well looked after. We soon became con-'I vinced that the priests are by no means as strict in the observance of their duties as the Burmese priesthood. They are seen at all hours, and in every direction, loitering about idly, mixing with the people, sitting in the bazaar, conversing with women, even entering private houses at night, riding elephants, eating after the sun has passed the meridian, devour-
1 A spire, with successive tiers of diminishing roofs (3, 5, or 7).
3 Accounts of the previous existences of Buddha.3 Accounts of the previous existences of Buddha.