The names of the months are as under :-
ApriL May. June. July.
Tagoo Ka-shoon Na-yoon Wa-shoo
Doo-tie-ya Wa-shoo (intercalated every third year). Wa-goung Ta-tha-leng Ta-deng-gyoot Ta-shoung-moon Nat-daw Pya-thoo Ta-bo-dwai Ta-boung
Each month is divided into two parts ;athe waxing, which lasts from the 1st to the 15th ; and the waning, from the 16th to the end. The year is further divided into periods of seven days, which follow each other. The days are named after seven of the planets :a
Sun's day. Moon's day. Mars day. Mercury's day.
Boodha-hoo Kyee-tha-ba-de Thouk-kya Tsa-ne
Jupiter's day. Tenus' day. Saturn's day.
The night and day are each divided into four periods. A day and night are divided into sixty hours, and these into sixty ' bee-za-na ' ; each bee-za-na into six ' pran' ; each pran into ten ' kha-na' ; and each kha-na into four ' na-ra/ The na-ra lasts as long as it would take to wink the eye ten timee, and, except for astrological purposes, is seldom used.
The Burmans have no instruments for keeping the time, which is sometimes indicated by a reference to the position of the sun or moon ; asa" in the morning when the sun was a fathom above the horizon " ; " when the sun was a tari tree's height " ; " when children go to bed" ; " when lights are lighted1'; " when grown up persons go to bed " ; " before the sky was light." A period is spoken of asau the chewing of one mouthful of betel, " or ten minutes ; the "boiling one pot of rice," or twenty minutes.
Distances are described as " a call, " or about two hundred yards ; ta the sound of a gunshot, " or half a mile ; " a stone's Distances. throw, " fifty or sixty yards ; " breakfast distance,
as far as a man could walk before that meal, " i.e., between 8 and 9 a.m.
The following measures of distance and weights and measures are given in Crawford's Mission to Ava* :a
Measures of distance. cha-k'hyis, or hair-breadths nhons
10 6 4 8
mo-yan8 thits 1A maik 2 t'hwa8 toungs toungft ta
1 nhon (sesamum seed). 1 mo-yan.
1 thit (finger breadth). 1 maik (hand breadth). 1 t'hwa (span). 1 toung (cubit).
= 1 lan (fathom). = 1 ta (bamboo). = 1 taing (nearly two Engliak
miles). = 1 y oo-za-na.
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