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jeweller of Venice. Balbi entered Burma at Negrais, and having made " a very commodious and pleasant voyage " across the Delta to Pegu, came to Dagn.
" After we were landed," he says, " we began to go on the right hand in a large street about fifty paces broad, in which we saw wooden houses gilded and adorned with delicate gardens after their custom, wherein their talapoins, which are their friers, dwell and look to the pagod, or varella, of Dagn. The left side is furnished with portals and shops, and by this street they go to the varella for a good mile straight forward, either under paint-houses or in the open street, which is free to walk in." The town was in fact an appanage of the Shway Dagn Pagoda, and it continued to preserve
the legend of the shway dagon in woodthe legend of the shway dagon in wood