36 A. BURMESE ENCHANTMENT.
and otherwise, ranging from golden images to a soda water machine.
Near the pagoda is the Mengun bell, which is the largest bell but one in the world, being second only to one of the Kremlin bells in Moscow. It once fell from its bar and lay on the ground for years, but was mounted again upon two iron pillars by the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. According to a phoongyi, or monk, wTho like myself was visiting it, the body of the Mengun bell is fourteen arms length (elbow to fingertips) high. It is twelve arms length in diameter ; and its weight is 555,555 pounds. If that figure fails to convey any meaning to the European mind, we may refer to Phayre, who says the weight of the bell is eighty tons.
The building of these monster pagodas naturally exhausted the country, and was consequently unpopular. Strange rumours got about concerning King Na-ra-thi-ha-pa-the's pagoda, the Mingala Zedi, at Pugan, to the effect that the country would be ruined as soon as the shrine was completed. So it was abandoned. But it was eventually finished in 1274. Within ten years from that date, Pugan was destroyed by the Chinese Army of Kublai Khan. The king himself was nicknamed Taruk pye Min, which means "the king who fled from the Chinese."
Similar stories got about concerning the Mengun, which induced Bodaw Paya to stop work. It became a popular saying that the capital city of Amarapui aSimilar stories got about concerning the Mengun, which induced Bodaw Paya to stop work. It became a popular saying that the capital city of Amarapui a