A BURMESE LONELINESS.
ancestors, of whose substance they are the fruit. All these are gathered home to-night.
There is also a Chinese legend about the stars that Chau Sheh Chwen told me, as we looked out aloDg the Heavenly River last night.* The Chinese believe that a new star is set in Heaven whenever a child is bom into tbe world. Every man has his star. It is great of small according to his merit. When he dies, his star in the firmament goes out, for then the God Beh-doe-syin extinguishes that star.
Besides the birds I have mentioned, there are many others in this Buddhist land which are also re-incarnate spirits. One is known to the Burmese as Taw LoaM Hgnet (Jungle Secure Bird). It is the re-incarnation oi a Witch-doctor. By its presence a locality is kept free of poisonous snakes and other dangers. Its cry is a Oan bwa bwa. Oan bwa bwa.9 Another bird is Htan yea yu Hgnet (Toddy-wine Drunken Bird). It is the incarnation of a drunken toddy-palm climber. Its maudlin notes are supposed to call drunkenly for a feasta* Chickens, pigs si** Roast them, roast them. a
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There is also a pious old lady who in her life-titf*e wished her husband to build a pagoda. She still
a The Chinese call the Milky Way 4 Tien-haw," or the a HeaveW River?a The Chinese call the Milky Way 4 Tien-haw," or the a HeaveW River?