PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION, AND HABITS AND CUSTOMS OF THE BURMESE.
Physical characteristics of the Burmese race.aMale costume.aTattooing.a Its absence considered a mark of effeminacy.aFemale dress and ornaments.aEar-tubes.aUniversality of smoking.aSingular custom.aBurmese altogether a different people from the inhabitants of Hindostan.a Absence of caste prejudices.aTheir pleasing manners.aHappiness of the people.aAbsence of pauperism.aAffection of parents for their children. aFondness for amusement and excitement.aAs a rule not laborious.a Marriage customs.aPerfect freedom of marriageable girls.aMarriage purely a civil rite.aHla-pet.aCurious custom pursued by a bridegroom's bachelor friends.aPrivileges of the female sex.aCode of divorce.a Polygamy.aSensitiveness to raillery.aTendency to suicide.aSuicide of a bridegroom.aAttempted suicide of a girl.aFood.aDescription of a Burmese banquet.aTheir treatment of disease.aThe devil dance.a Disease caused by witchcraft.aFunerals.aBoat races.aPeculiarity of the boats.aMode of rowing.aDescription of the goal.a" Palmam qui meruit ferityaVaunting songs, and grotesque attitudes of the winners.a Subscription purses.aGame of football.a Boxing and wrestling.a Admirable temper of the combatants.aDescription of the Ta-soung-doing festival.aWeaving the sacred cloth.aRelays of workers.aWorking and courting.aFloating lights.aWater festival on New Year's Day,aMeaning of the observance.aMythological legend.
The physical characteristics of the Burmese are, those which distinguish the Mongolian race generally. The shape of the skull is globular, and seen from the front has a peculiar pyramidal, or lozenge form,* owing to a great lateral extension of the zygomatic arches, coupled with a narrow forehead,
* Cunningham's "Ladak/'p. 297.* Cunningham's "Ladak/'p. 297.