A BURMESE ENCHANTMENT.
The following is the usual polite opening of a friendly letter to a superior.
" My Lord. I, Maung Khin, respectfully crave your patience, My Master. Because of your Honour's kind wishes I am cool and healthy as a Padom-ma lotus sprinkled with water. I, who have the 520 kinds of love for you (you who are like Mount Meru), pray and send good wishes to you without break night and day, offering also the leaves of the Thabyeh and banyan trees.
Because of the mexit acquired in times gone past by you and me in dedicating with drops of water, and by hearing the scriptures together, I, who am but poor, meet you in this life as my master. Because of the benefits you have heaped upon me I am able to live happily in peace of mind and body."
The mention made of the leaves of the Thabyeh and banyan trees refers to the custom of placing vases full of these leaves in houses and upon altars. They are supposed to be cool, and ensure ' coolness/ or health, in the future. Flowers ensure freshness ; and offerings of candles will bring light in the lives to come.
The 520 kinds of love referred to are those with which a man is loved. Women may be loved in 1,500 ways. There are 96 kinds of evils or diseases ; and 32 kinds of fortune.The 520 kinds of love referred to are those with which a man is loved. Women may be loved in 1,500 ways. There are 96 kinds of evils or diseases ; and 32 kinds of fortune.