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A concise Account of the Kingdom of Peou. By WILLIAM
HUNTER; A. M.
THIS country was formerly ornament; and accordingly they
1 subje& to an independent are at very great pains to accom. prince of its own; but about forty plish ito : years ago a revolution took place, They wear various ornaments in by which it was reduced to be a their ears, many of them in com: province of the kingdom of Ava; mon with other eastern nations ; and has since been governed by but one that appears to be peculiar deputies sent from thence, who to this people is a thin plate of may be removed at the pleasure gold, rolled up in the form of a of their sovereign. The whole quill, about the thickness of a fin country is low and flat, and the ger, which is thrust into a hole made land can only be seen at a small in the usual part of the ear, large distance from sea. The water is enough to receive it. The fore. so shallow, even a great way off going description is chiefly applia from the coast, that bavigators get cable to the Birmahs; that is, the into three or four fathoms before natives of Ava, or their descenThey are within sight of the shore. dants, who are now very nuThe country, however, is far from merous here, as the government is being unhealthy. The natives are entirely in their hands. The ori. seldom attacked by diseases; and ginal inhabitants of Pegu haye faces Europeans, who have lived there more nearly approaching to the for many years, enjoy uninter- oval form; their features are softer, rupted good health. Even during more regulat, and seem to express the rains, which all over India greater sense and acuteness than occasion the most disagreeable and those of the Birmahs, with whom, fickly period of the year, the air in other respects, they nearly agrec. of Pegu is temperate, and has an The Birmahs, however, who pique elasticity unknown at the corrc themselves on being descended sponding season in any other part from the conquerors, and wish to of India.
be distinguished from the nation The inhabitants, says Mr. Hun- they subdued, use a badge for that ter, are of a muscular make; their purpose, which we must conclude. stature is about the middle size, and they value very highly, from the their limbs, in general, well pro- sufferings they undergo to obtain portioned. The complexion is it. The thigh of every Birmah, twarthy, being a medium between including the hip and knee, is of that of the Chinese and of the in- a jet black, which has a very fingu habitants of Bengal. In feature lar appearance; and this mark they they resemble the Malays; their receive in their childhood. It is face is broad, their eyes large and made by the repeated application black, the nose flat, the check- of an instrument with a great num. bones prominent, and the mouth ber of fharp points, placed close extremely wide. They wear on together, something like that used the chin a tuft of hair, of unequal in carding wool, till the part is ene lengths; and shave the rest of the tirely covered with drops of blood. face. Their teeth are always of a After this they apply, a liquid of jet black, which, however disgust. which galls is a principal ingredient. ing it may be to an European eye. This excites a considerable degree of is, among them, esteemed a great fevor; and it is computed, by the