much love of feasts and shows; much disregard of human life, and much tenderness for the lives of inferior members of the animal kingdom; much arrogance and inconsiderateness when placed in high position; and last, though not least, much general truthfulnessaand, among unsophisticated villagers, the very unoriental trait of being quite unable to tell a specious falsehood. His occupations are cultivation on a small scale, and petty trading. Actual poverty is almost unknown, but riches are never accumulated. If any individual does, by a stroke of good luck, or a most unusual exertion of thrift, amass a few
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thousands of rupees, he is sure to spend the greater portion of it in the erection of a pagoda, or kyoung, or some similar work of religious merit.a After all, this summary of character, given by an officer well acquainted with the people, compares by no means unfavourably with some of the most advanced nations of the West.
The Burmese are partial to amusements and games of various kinds. Among the different pastimes in which they love to indulge are cock-fighting, buffalo-fighting, wrestling and boat-The Burmese are partial to amusements and games of various kinds. Among the different pastimes in which they love to indulge are cock-fighting, buffalo-fighting, wrestling and boat-