OUR TRIP TO BURMAH,
small figures of Guadama, are placed far within the temple, shrouded in dim religious light, even with the aid of the burning tapers around them; by no means unlike arrangements adopted by western Lamasato borrow a phrase from M. Hucq. Before the shrine knelt the devout, their hands uplifted, the palms pressed togetheraagain like western Lamas, or the infant Moses. Thus they repeated their orisons to the inanimate stone figure within, upon whose placid face a thin streak of sunlight was made to fall, somewhat after the manner, although less artistically, than in the shrine of a the virgin of Boulogne/' in the Cathedral of that very catholic and amusing city. Here, however, many of the figures have their faces smeared more or less thickly with gold-leaf: there the images are decorated with jewels and cast-off a orders a; thus there is by no means a far-fetched resemblance between Caesar and Pompeyaespecially Pompey !
In the several shrines Guadamas are represented in different attitudes, but the features of all bear an expression of calm repose: a few are standing, the greater number sitting with legs crossed, the left hand resting upon the knee, the right upon the lap; one of more than life-size, its material burnished brass, in a reclining position. We endeavour to ascertain their significance. The figure in the cross-legged position represents the sage as he passed through forty-nine days of temptation. He was lucky indeed to get off with only forty-nine in a decidedly long life ; nor is it perhaps unnatural that the episode is looked upon as the most important in his career. That in a reclining position represents his death; thus the two sets indicate the circumstance of his becoming Buddha, and his entrance into the state of Nirbanawhich event took place, according to tradition, as he reclined between two trees of the sacred Sal (the Shorea robusta), at Buddha Gyah, in the Behar province of Bengal.
At either side of the quadrangle belfries stand; in them are suspended gigantic bells. The larger of these was cast in 1842, when King Tharawaddy visited Rangoon, with the intention, it is said, of there establishing a new city. It wasAt either side of the quadrangle belfries stand; in them are suspended gigantic bells. The larger of these was cast in 1842, when King Tharawaddy visited Rangoon, with the intention, it is said, of there establishing a new city. It was