OUR TRIP TO BURMAH.
rally, these cheroots are not entirely made of tobacco,athat, in fact, there is little of the narcotic in them, their principal components being aromatic herbs.
Priests, or poonghyes, within the enclosure of the pagoda are few in number. Such as are seen wear the orthodox yellow robes peculiar to their orderathe colour obtained from the wood of the Jack tree, or Artocarpus, by the simple process of boiling, alum being used as a mordant. It is emblematical of mourning among the Burmese, as black is among Occidentals, and thus suits the clerical garb, even as the latter with ourselves. Most probably the majority of the holy men are levying contributions upon their flock; for it is still early morning, and this is the time at which they make their daily rounds. Such as are within sight bespeak not by their mien their sacred calling. They have a slouching, a loafing a gait, as they go from shrine to shrine; wherever two or three worshippers are assembled they make a sudden entry, place their mats in front, kneel thereupon, and drown the voice of supplication of the laity by their louder and as it were more familiar recitation, as if on the most intimate terms with the special Guadama they address.
But who are theseahaggard, unattractive in feature, aged, hoarse in voice, feminine in look, and dressed in robes of much-soiled white ? They approach, and now solicit alms; they are virgins of the temple, who, according to their own belief, being unfortunate enough to have to pass their present stage of existence as such, have devoted their present lives to the service of Guadama and his poonghyes, in the hope that next time, in the process of transmigration, they may be born men. Wherever Buddhism prevails, nunneries and other establishments for religieuses abound. In Burmah the dress Af these devotees is only distinguishable from that of the poonghye in that it is white instead of yellow. The virgins are supposed to lead a life of strict continence, to repeat daily a certain number of formularies, to eat no food after midday, to live entirely upon alms. It appears however that they render **o service whatever to societyaeither by keeping schools, at-