THE BUDDHIST TRIAD.
so to perform one's moral exigencies, as, by besoming enrolled in the latter member of the triune Three (the Thengha) to become also a component part of the Supreme Triad, the Tharanagdon, "the Supreme and final attributes, beyond which there is no passing." The number nine, in the same manner, is a triple combination of three ; a trebly expressive symbol, therefore, of the expressive three ; and, being the product of that number into itself, it emblematises the active energy of the Supreme Triad teeming in itself : hence Ko, " nine," implies likewise, to " reverence, worship, trust in," and c.
It is usual, in epistolary writing, to make a mark or pause, as a sort of starting point : the figure five is often used in this way, because it refers to Pegny-tsengy " the five commandments ; " and its use in this instance implies that the writer has kept in mind these commandments while writing his letter, as also that the reader should do the same, and not put an evil interpretation on any part of it. *
On the introduction of the Buddhist religion and literature, numerous admixtures of terms from the Pali dialect were introduced ; but they remain as distinctly extraneous now as they did on their first admission, and are seldom made use of in common conversation. All the Burmese metaphysical works
* " Grammar of the Burmese Language," by Lieutenant Thos. Latter, pp. 89, 90.* " Grammar of the Burmese Language," by Lieutenant Thos. Latter, pp. 89, 90.