The Shway Dagn
the worship is individual. The worshipper kneeling before the pagoda lights the tapers he has brought, and holding his offering of flowers in his joined hands, prays, repeating in adoration the excellencies of the Buddha. Strange prayers, as to a being who hears and can help, for the things that are dear to men, go up from these unbelievers in a personal god. The man and his wife kneeling together pray that they may see the Buddha Arimad-deya when he comes again as the saviour of mankind; and that thus they may attain neik-ban. Till then they beg that they may live again as husband and wife. Others solicit with great earnestness at the feet of Thakiamuni the favour of becoming at some time a Buddha, like himself, and wish, like King Laukatara, " that they may be born in the same country of the same parents ; that they may ride the same horses, and be attended by the same companions " as of old. Lovers come here and
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