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far up on the spire, steals the music of other bells, which cannot be heard above the sounds of the city in day time. At this enchanted hour, the richness of colour, the distracting detail of carving, is lost in the gloom. Only a glint of red or blue here and there suggests glass mosaics on pillars and walls. A few calm Buddha faces, lit by the candles, shine out of the darkness ; and above all is the glittering canopy of stars about the shadowy spire.
People think there is no merit in repairing pagodas, or that if there is, it belongs to the original founder. This is very widely believed. But it is not at all true. The Burmese are always restoring their more important monuments. But as there are so many thousands of unimportant ones throughout the land, it is obvious that the majority of them must fall into ruin. As monuments of the Buddha's Law of Transiency and Impermanence, they are more than ever eloquent in their decay. New generations build new pagodasa but they care for the old ones very much all the same. The Burmese will never be charmed from their pagoda building. It has a great attraction for them, and there is distinction in the title of Paya Taga, given to those who have founded a pagoda. They know that they are doing their little bit to hand the grandeur of Buddhism down the ages.
The various parts of a pagoda have fanciful meanings. All are claimed to be models of the Sulamuni, that fabulous shrine on Mount Meru in Paradise, in whichThe various parts of a pagoda have fanciful meanings. All are claimed to be models of the Sulamuni, that fabulous shrine on Mount Meru in Paradise, in which