National Geographic : 1913 Jul
P iIIII Iy I ii"i THE ENG-DAW-YD PAGODA • :BURMA Pagodas greet the traveler everywhere in Burma, and are the centers around which the religious life of the people revolve. There is at least one at every temiple, aind more than one at every monastery. A pagoda is a solid edifice of brick in the form of a cone, and in many cases raised over a tiny relic chamber. There is no interior, the place of worship being the surrounding platform. Many of them, as, for example, the famous Shwe Dagon at Rangoon, are covered with pure gold leaf from base to summit, and making benefactions for their upkeep is a favorite way of acquiring merit.