Burmans charmed. I am charmed ; I not afraid ; you safe with me."
" How you charmed ?" I asked, falling into the pigeon English.
" So," he said, showing me some tattoo marks on his wrist. " I hold up my hand ; cobra go away ; cobra can t bite me. All snakes gone in the earth at daytime, come out at night." " What is there to see in the temples ? " I asked.
" Oh ! fine ; you go with me ? " "Very well," I said; "I go directly I done my sketch."
After packing up my sketching utensils, I prepared to explore the ruins of what I was told was the temple of Kuji. I passed with my barefooted Burmese guide under the tumbledown roofs of a long passage, which conducted us into a spacious vaulted hall, at the end of which, on a raised platform, sat a colossal statue of Buddha, with two kneeling figures in the attitude of adoration on either side. At a lower level was a beautiful statue, about nine feet high, of Buddha standing, with the right hand raised in benediction. The gold-leaf had been washed off by the rains, and the black lacquer underneath was exposed ; the edge of the draperies was set with glass mosaics. We wandered through the halls and vestibules of the temple. In every nook were figures in alabaster and wood, but the standing statue of Buddha beneath the altar in the great hall was still the finest. I returned to it.
kneeling figure from a temple at amaurapoora.kneeling figure from a temple at amaurapoora.