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To Gandhara also Burma owes its only authentic Buddha relic ; and yet another authentic relic has been found there, on the site of ancient Taxila, as these pages are in the press.
The brick steps leading up to pagodas, and more especially to monasteries, are very massive and ornate. Sometimes the sides are built to represent a dragon. This is an Indian mythical monster, called Makara. Sometimes the dragon is not actually fashioned, but merely suggested conventionally by the familiar curling ends of masonry.
Large brick lions called Chinthay are usually placed on either side of the entrance to a pagoda. Their meaning and origin is obscure. But there is a legend about them which runs as follows :aOnce there was a princess, of such a passionate nature, that she had to be expelled from the palace and abandoned in the forests. There, she met Kay-tha-ya-za, the Lion King, and fell in love with him. In time, a male child was born to them, called Thee-ha-ba-hu. When Thee-ha-ba-hu was grown up, the Lion King retumedi longing for the love of his son ; but the lad, either not knowing him, or furious at finding his father an animal, slew him. In his death agony the Lion King roared pitifully. That is why pagoda lions always have their mouths open, as if roaring.
When the princess's father died, Thee-ha-ba-hu returned to the palace, and became king. But he suffered constantly from distracting headaches. TheseWhen the princess's father died, Thee-ha-ba-hu returned to the palace, and became king. But he suffered constantly from distracting headaches. These