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A concise Account of the Kingdom of Peou. By WILLIAM
HUNTER, A. M.
subject to an independent are at very great pains to accom.
, about the thickness of a fin. country is low and flat, and the ger, which is thrul 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 foreso shallow, even a great way off going description is chiefly applia from the coast, that navigators get cable to the Birmahs; that is, the into three or four fathoms before natives of Ava, or their descenihey 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 have 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 occafion the most disagreeable and those of the Birmahs, with whom, fickly period of the year, the air in other respects, they nearly agree. of Pegu is temperate, and has an The Birmahs, however, who pique elasticity unknown at the corre- 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 muit conclude.. ftature 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,
warthy, 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 finguhabitants of Bengal. In featurclar 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 nume bones prominent, and the mouth ber of sharp 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 en lengths; and save 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 confiderable degree of is, among them, esteemed a great fever; and it is computed, by the