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in the 15th century; and at Kyaikkatha in that district are the remains of a thousand pagodas.
Most famous among the small pagodas is the Kyaik-htee-yoh1 insignificant in size, but unique from its position. The hill on which it stands takes its name from the payah, and is over three thousand five hundred feet in height. On its summit are numbers of granitoid boulders, many of them balanced in
Fig. 81. Pagodas at Sagaing.
a most extraordinary way, and all the more striking surmounted by little shrines. The Kyaik-htee-yoh stands on a huge boulder, which itself rests on a projecting rock, separated from the rest of the hills by a chasm, fathomless to the eye, and reaching, so say the villagers, far below the depth of the hill. The boulder hangs on the extreme verge of the bare rock, and hangs over it as if a gust of wind or a few extra pounds added would make it topple over and crash down the giddy height far away into the green valley below. To this shrine people from all parts of
1 Also in the Thaton district.