BURMA, PAST AND PRESENT.
language and literature.
The Burmese the standard language of the country.aThe Talaing little used.a The Burmese and Talaings received their religion and alphabet from India. a Description of the Burmese and Talaing languages. a Great reverence paid to the numerals III. and IX.aUse made of the numeral V.aBurmese metaphysical works are is the Pali language.aBooks, how formed.aWriting of the Burmese.aBurmese literature.aTheir sacred books.aThe Bee-da-gat-thoon-bon and the Baideng.aSecular literature. aThe disputed wife.aThe Burmese drama.aDescription of a Burmese theatre.aDress of the actors.aThe orchestra.aPlots of the plays.aA ballet at the Palace at Maudalay.aBurmese great lovers of both vocal and instrumental music.aTranslation of a Burmese drama, The Silver Hill.
The Burmese is the standard language of the country, in which the administration of affairs is conducted, and is spoken generally by all classes of natives, including, also, in many instances, the hill tribes. In a few villages coast-ward, however, peopled by descendants of the old kingdom of Pegu, and remote from the main sources of access to the principal towns, the Talaing, or Mon language aanotwithstanding the efforts of the Burmans during their rule to stamp out all knowledge of itais
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