The Silken East v
Chin is of interest, because he reveals the material out of which Buddhism and civilisation have between them evolved the Burmese people ; the Chin, in short, is the rough wood out of which the Burman has been carved.
Of the Burmese as a whole I do not propose to give here any formal account.
I seek only to describe the life of the people as I have come upon it in the course of many years of travel in their country ; and, for the most part, what I have to say will be found interspersed in the narrative of travel. But of the man himself I should ^ like here to say a few words. HPmSMfcMHki?! Physically the Burman is, for his size, one of the finest of men. He is short ; but he is well made, broad-chested, stout-limbed, and muscular. A " weedy " Burman, outside the small percentage of the large towns and the sedentary occupations, is rare. The boatman, the cartman, the peasant, the artificer, is nearly always a strong man, capable, when put to it, of great effort. Living as he does in a tropical climate,