)126 AMONG PAGODAS AND FAIR LADIES.
the conservative feeling, which is so strong a part of the Burman, has prevented him striking out any new lines, and thus changing the architecture of his abode, wrhich is to be deplored wrhen you see the skill that they evidently possess.
The native dwellings possess a certain pictu-
resqueness ; they are built of bamboo. The walls are matting wroven from the fibre of bamboo. The exact pattern of this matting was also regulated by law in Thebaw's time.
The floor of the houses are constructed of split bamboo braced loosely together, so that it is possible to see through them, but rather difficult to walk upon, as they sway about and appear very fragile. The posts, which are the principal sup-
a burman house.a burman house.