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Funeral of a Burmese Queen.

The Rangoon "Gazette" reports the burial recently of the Meebya Qi leen, one i the wives of King Mindor le.•' Mm. Aoout'9 o'clock the*processionj v rhich.was nearly a-mile 1, or gi started. White urn-.-brellas, the special symbol. of Burmese royalty, were numerous, and.th:e priests' mustered in': strong force. TIl c • shrines and other ornamental structu res" wore ablaze with gold leaf, the bands of music were .numerous,, and,-the- car-loads/of presents for the priests would have^ sufficed to stock a Ikizaar with alm< sat every, conceivable article of food sine 11 wearing apparel, besides crockery,-, kerc isehe- oil, fans and furnituro; The Princet is,as chief mourner, walked', in front of 1 ;he coffin, preceded by her retinue of fifty women, all dressed in white, walking in pajrs ; before them girl s strejwed the path /with rouses. She and her maids' of honor bore, in their hands the white rope.. attached .to ttfe coffin. The latter was slung'from a pole! ttnd t»rried by^ bearers. Over it was thrbwiii?a i iplendidly decorated pall, pilpd^high^;]#th bright flowers. The scene of tKe^premiation iwas on the slope of the Shoay : *Dagoi l Pagoda,| nearßahan, where an enclosure, had beon erected* around the funeral j>ile, upon which the gilt coffin was ,1a id tolthe^ sound of weird music. By'desiire of the Princess, the coffin was openedl to enable her JtoVtakea last look>at;her mother.. The .pile was then Bet fire to, iuid after the body had been: entirely consumed:th'e ashes were taken away to breast* on the,, broad bosom of the Irawaddy.':, I . „

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Funeral of a Burrnese Queen., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2449, 24 June 1890

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Funeral of a Burrnese Queen. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2449, 24 June 1890

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