Cremating a Burmese Queen.
One o' the wives of King Mindone Mm has just been burned. In describing the scene the "Rangoon Gazette" says: — "About 9 o'clock the procession, which was nearly a mile long, started. White umbrellas, the special symbol of Burmese Royalty, were numerous, and the priests mustered in strong force. The shrines and other ornamental structures were ablaze with gold leaf, the bands of music were numerous, and the carfc-loads of presents for the priests would have sufficed to stock a bazaar with almost every conceivable article of food and wearing apparel, besides crockery, kerosene oil, fans and furniture. The Princess,; as chief mourner, walked in front of the coffin,,preceded by her retinue of ,60 white-robed - woman, walking in pairs ; befor^ them girls strewed the path with roses.! The Princess, like her attendants, was dressed in pure white, and wore no jewels whatever. She and her maids of honor.-bore in their hands the white robe attached to the coffin. The latter was slung, from. a pole, and carried by bearers. Over it was thrown a splendidly decorated pall, piled high with bright flowers. The scene of the cremation was on the slope of the Shoay Dagon Pagoda, near Bahan, where an enclosure had been erected round the funeral pile, upon which the gilt coffin was laid to the sound of wierd musio. By desire of the Princess?.the coffin was opened to enable her to take a last look at her mother. The pile was then set fire to, and, after the body had been entirely consumed, the ashes were taken away to be cast on the broad bosom of the Irrawaddy."
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Cremating a Burmese Queen., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2437, 23 May 1890
Cremating a Burmese Queen. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2437, 23 May 1890
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