36 A. BURMESE ENCHANTMENT.
It has been the earnest desire of Burma for centuries to possess a real relic of Buddha. Several alleged relics have been imported, as in 1576 when Dharmapala, king of Oeylon, sent Bureng Naung a tooth of Buddha which was enshrined at Pegu. A reputed forehead bone was said to be buried in a pagoda at Tharekhet-tara by King Dwuttab-aung. Anarawatta intended to transfer it to the Shwezigon at Pugan, but when the old pagoda was pulled down, the relic could not be found.1 Recently, when an authentic relic seemed past hoping for, one suddenly came to light near Peshawur. It was presented in 1910 to Burma. A splendid pagoda, called the Dat-daw, or ' Pagoda of Royal Relics,' has been built on Mandalay hill for its reception, at a cost of over a lakh of rupees. I shall describe the extraordinary history of this relic later on at greater length.
At Pugan there were many whimsical customs connected with pagoda building. Sometimes the whole history of the shrine was written on the bricks, as at the Mingala Zedi. The idea was quite fanciful, as only a word or two was inscribed on each brick, and no one was eveT likely to pull down and sort out a million or so in their proper order to read. It was then also the custom, when building a very big monument, to set aside one brick in every ten thousand, with which to erect a small model near by, called the Ka-ye-paya.
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