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Land of the Crested Lion: A journey Through Modern Burma Ethel Mannin

Land of the Crested Lion: A journey Through Modern Burma

Ethel Mannin

Published 1954
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256 pages
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The Crested Lion is the Burmese chinthe, a mythical beast which guards the pagoda, and Burma is the land of pagodas.Burma in 1954 was still in some districts harassed by insurgents, but Miss Mannin, as a guest of the Buddha Sasana Council, aMoreThe Crested Lion is the Burmese chinthe, a mythical beast which guards the pagoda, and Burma is the land of pagodas.Burma in 1954 was still in some districts harassed by insurgents, but Miss Mannin, as a guest of the Buddha Sasana Council, a Government organisation, was afforded facilities for travelling the country, form the deep south, on the borders of Siam, to the far north, five miles as the crow flies from Red China.Che was given armed escorts where necessary, and everywhere stayed with people of the country. She attended Buddhist weddings, visited Meditation centres, travelled by bullock cart across the paddy fields to off-the-road villages, went to pagoda festivals which began at sundown and continue to sunrise, travelled down the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Pagan, where thousands of pagodas crumble in the burning dust of a thousand years, spent three nights as the only guest in a haunted rest-house, walked in the moonlight in a shuttered village unaware of the curfew... and recounts it all with characteristic vividness and vitality.She is sympathetic to the achievements and aspirations of Burma in independence, but writes candidly and freely of all she saw and experienced on a fascinating journey made alone through a country of incredible beauty.