PICTURESQUE BURMA book CCXI
little is done at a time, and during the process the boy is usually kept under the influence of an opiate.
The Shans are the best tattooers, but none of the Burmese are equal to the Japanese in the realisation of the artistic possibilities of the art. In Burma the reds usually fade out, while the dark blue dyes remain ; but in Japan the figure of a dragon, or of a woman dressed in a flowery kimono, will be tattooed on the skin in delicate shades of blue and red, and will remain indelible and unchanged throughout the whole of the person's life. The Burmese tattooers are now learning to decorate the limbs of English sailors with pictures from the Graphic and the illustrated papers.
Marriage, though highly estimated among the Burmese, is not consecrated by a religious ceremony. The phongyees, or monks, accept celibacy with such earnestness of conviction, as being the highest state of mankind, that they cannot be expected to give their blessing on an occasion when happiness is sought by taking a step diametrically opposed to their views of life and its obligations. As there
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