TANG YI-SIVA Y-DA IV
YENAN-GYAT is the lesser brother of Yenan-Gyaung, and, like it, a place of oil-wells and commercial adventure. A certain luminous interest is imparted to it by the little war that wages here between the two companies which are exploiting it ; but I am concerned to-day with the great white building which gleams on the summit of the Tangyi hills, a thousand feet above the world. From its platform there is a view of Pagan that is unsurpassed in Burma, and a legend of the people tells that in a bygone day the Buddha stood upon this peak, and prophesied the coming greatness of the city.
A little above Yenan-gyat is the village of Ayadaw, to which the river runs up in a side channel. From here the road to the pagoda marches along the foreshore under white cliffs. The strewn wreckage of timber, the sandy shore, the fragrant water, have that about them that recalls the fringe of the sea. Half a mile more brings me to the village of Sekwa, lying at the mouth of a valley. The road turns up at a right angle through the fenced homesteads of the village, over