^ To Yenan-Gyaung
resolved that the water should be sweet-scented no more, and by the aid of the miraculous powers which he possessed, changed the perfume to the stench of earth-oil. From that day forth, the plce has been known as Ye-nan-kyaungathe river of stinking water."
This legend, with variations, is played to audiences at Yenan-Gyaung by the amateur players of the town. It has a practical moral in the testimony it bears to the oil-rights of the local families, which, as the play runs, had to be defined by the great king, before his golden raft could be induced to resume its journey* These rights, now fading away under the pressure of modern causes, present a somewhat curious illustration of the tendency common in all lands and amongst, rail people to keep wealth 44 in the family." a
(3) the cliffs
At Yenan-Gyaung one may make a nearer acquaintance with those clififs which are so striking a feature of the river in the dry region. Wholly distinct as they are from the mountains, which by their fellowship with the Irrawaddy give it much of its romantic character, they are not lacking in beauty of their own ; and indeed they ofifer a welcome relief from the tropical exuberance which so perpetually assails the eye throughout other portions of the river's course. There is something that is at once austere and beautiful in their idiosyncrasy ; and they add much to the variety of Burma.
There is a pathway that winds up to them cm the vol. 1. 337 zThere is a pathway that winds up to them cm the vol. 1. 337 z