chap, xxvit ORDINATION OF A MONK
and a yaysit, a strainer or water-dipper, with which to filter drinking water, so as to avoid taking animal life. To these is added a broad lotus-leaf-shaped fan, made of a single frond of palm attached to an S-shaped handle, which fan is carried at any assembly or public place where women are present, so that the monks may protect themselves from the sight of what may prove a danger and temptation.
The candidate then proceeds to the hall of ordination, which in Mandalay is the exquisite little carved building
A KAMMAWAHSAH, OR BUDDHIST BIBLE.
known as the Dragon Pagoda. Here ten or twelve phongyees are assembled with a master or Upitze, and an assistant who reads the ritual of ordination from the lacquered, gilded, and illuminated leaves of a manual, known as the Kammawahsah. The candidate, carrying his yellow garments and alms-bowl, kneels down, and after acknowledging that the president is his master, and that the sacred utensils provided are his, he withdraws to a distance of twelve cubits.
The assistant or secretary then addresses the assembled monks in these words :a" Venerable Upitze, and you brethren herein congregated, listen to my words ! The candidate whoThe assistant or secretary then addresses the assembled monks in these words :a " Venerable Upitze, and you brethren herein congregated, listen to my words ! The candidate who