of the country. Consequently, few or none are rich, or even comfortably at their ease. In respect to fortune, the members of the community are more upon a level with each other than any other people who dwell in cities. On this account, perhaps, this decaying country ought to be visited by such of our European theorists as are enamoured of the principle of equality, and believe that the levelling process would everywhere make people prosperous and happy.
Temple of Pugan.
Burman history is, in its earliest stages, as extravagantly fabulous as Siamese history. It begins with a creation of the world or a kind of Cosmogony, the greater portion of which seems to be borrowed and clumsily adopted from the Hindus. All their early kings are gods or demi-gods, and their several reigns endure for centuries. They make tbe world a very old one, for one of their dynasties contains more than 82,000 of these long-lived kings ; and before the advent of Gautama they had 384,569 sovereigns. After the disappearance of Gautama they had a succession of Saturns to reign over them ; for every king, during a long period, murdered his own father. They were, however, kings of great piety, as one of them built 84,000 temples, 84,000 monasteries, and maintained priests without number.
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