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silent and untenanted. No one will say why. The old monks at Thabeitkin shake their heads and mutter
impossible reasons ; the fishermen of Thihadaw village say it is because their village has become small. An evil tale of war, which broods sadly over the deserted fane, attributes it to another and a harsher cause. But whatsoever the cause, the result is there, and in a sense it is symbolic of an inevitable decline. Fewer monasteries are built now than in years gone by ; fewer scholars chant their lessons in the monastic schools ; everywhere there is a loosening ot the bonds of the great religious organisation which has ministered so long to the spiritual life of Burma.
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