KENG TUNGaITS FESTIVAL^
squirted at from the houses on both sides of the street as it goes. The Sawbwa kindly invited me to watch it from his garden wall, where his small son worked a specially villainous pump and hose. Incidents in this procession suggest phalic cult, though possibly of Tai Loi and not of Shan origin. It is said that the shape of Shan tombs is also an expression of phalic influence.
Tagoo is the Burmese New Year. Some people say that water is thrown about to cool the World, because the Thagya Min* descends from his Heaven at this parched season, to succour the Earth. This benevolent Being, whose name means a King who Knows and Hears' is filled with compassion for humanity. He knows upon his throne whenever the World needs encouragement. Jit was he who taught the Buddha the Truth of the Middle-way. Appearing as a minstrel, he played his guitar first with slack strings, and then with tense ones and then again with moderate strings. So the Buddha understood that contentment and harmony arise from moderation, and not from the extremes of either luxury or austerity. And no doubt the water thrown at Tagoo, which is sprinkled to prepare Earth for its Celestial visitor, has an older significance too, and is merely the survival of an ancient rite for invoking rain. For this is the end of a season of long drought, when f Mango
aThe word Thagya is derived from tho Burm'*sA thi to know and chya to hear.a The word Thagya is derived from tho Burm'*s A thi to know and chya to hear.