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of time the rich man dies. The kyoung becomes old; it falls out of repair, and at last becomes a mere mass of decay. Such places are never repaired; there is no merit in repairing or adding to the work of another man, and so their number goes on increasing.
Their musical instruments are of several kinds. According to Father Sangermanno, the one most used is the drum, generally made of a piece of bamboo or very thick cane covered with skin. Another instrument is in the shape of a wbeel, with a number of bits of brass or copper hung loosely on the inside. There is also a kind of oboe; and these three include the instruments that are generally played in public. Of others, used only in private, one is named the crocodile, from its resemblance to that animalabeing a kind of lute; another, called jpattala, is shaped like a little boat, made of pieces of hard bamboo fastened together, and these being struck by two little sticks produce the sound, which, echoing in the boat, is not unpleasant. A similar instrument is known to the negroes on the coast of Guinea, and in the American colonies.
Every Burman carries his deh. This implement or weapon serves a variety of purposesafrom that of a knife and sword to those of an axe. It is used alike for felling wood, carving or cutting up fish, or driving a post; and is at all times a dangerous weapon of offence as well as of defence. Heavy^ backed and sharp-edged, the Burman carries it over his shoulder as he walks along. He is impressionable and irascible in temper; his passions are easily roused; and one or two cuts inflicted during a fit of rage are sufficient to destroy the life of whoever at the time falls under the violence of his temper. Each particular class in Burmah seem to have their distinctive form of dah; of each form there are many varieties, and it is said the weapons are often handed down as heirlooms in a family.
The character of the modern Burman is thus described* aHe displays much spasmodic energy and general laziness;
* By Colonel Brown, Deputy Commissioner.* By Colonel Brown, Deputy Commissioner.