The departure of the ( John Hepburne* in a day or so, enables me to add to my
epistolary greetings from Burmah.
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Despite the smallness of the community or our numbers here, you must not suppose that we are without social if not gay doings, to relieve the monotony of our lives. Mr. Manook this morning invited us to form a pic-nic party out at the lower lake, where, despite rain during the early part of the day, we managed to pass the time pleasantly enough.
That you may understand, however, how pic-nic parties can be managed in Burmah in " spite of wind and weather," T should tell you that throughout the whole neighbourhood of the Great Pagoda, in particular, for miles around, the Burmese are in the habit of erecting very picturesque wooden buildings (which I have already frequently named though never described) termed Ziyats, or places for
"resting and eating," where the periodic devotees or visitants to the pagoda can, without " let or hindrance," tax or fee, accommodate themselves with lodging for the day. Hither, upon holiday or festival occasions (of which there are four during the month) laden with their boxes of provisions, fruit, and what not, men, women, and children may be seen wending their way in streams, congregating and making themselves happy,aa thing which no people seem better, or out of more simple elements to do, than the Burmese, who, notwithstanding a despotic, tyrannic government, appear to be an essentially happy and contented people.
Now if Christians, Jews or Turks, will but select for their " pic-nic" times those days not devoted to Burmese festivities, they will find these Ziyats empty, and as much and freely at their service, as they had been of the most devoted of the dis-Now if Christians, Jews or Turks, will but select for their " pic-nic" times those days not devoted to Burmese festivities, they will find these Ziyats empty, and as much and freely at their service, as they had been of the most devoted of the dis-