burmese bamboo houses.
the burman at home
A BURMESE house can, it is said, be built without a nail ; but though so exceedingly simple in construction, it is admirably suited to a warm climate, where the needs of the people are few, and where the plains are every year flooded by the overflowing of the rivers, and are occasionally rocked by earthquake shocks.
All dwelling-houses in Burma, from the King's palace to the meanest peasant's hut, are one-storied, owing to the universal feeling that it is an indignity to have anybody's feet over one's head. In the days of Burmese rule, the building of domestic houses was strictly regulated by law : brick buildings were not allowed, lest they might be converted into fortresses ; gilding wras forbidden, as being fit only for the