dolences, but possibly the chance of a good dinner may influence, and materially increase, their sorrow for the deceased. The Pohn-gyees also come and receive offerings, and friends kindly bring contributions to help in the expense, but even then the cost is great of maintaining this hospitality, and it oftentimes falls very heavily upon the heir, who finds that his patrimony has sadly dwindled in that one riotous week of feasting. Even in the case of poor people this feasting is generally done in a minor degree, and is often a very heavy tax upon them.
In old days, burning was the most general way of disposing of the dead, and is still practised to a certain extent in the jungle districts, but now burial is gaining in popularity and is almost invariably practised in all the British possessions.
I have endeavoured to place this very slight sketch of Burma and the Burmese before my readers, with the hope that it may awaken in some, and increase in others, an interest in this charming country, which has, up till lately, been little known among English travellers. It is a country which possesses an infinite charm and attractivenessaan attractiveness which has not as yet been quite ruined, nor has its primitiveness been utterly destroyed, by contamination with our European civilisation !