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By Richard Cohen

EISBN-13: 978-1-58836-934-5

In the grand culture of the scholar-adventurer, acclaimed writer Richard Cohen takes us around the globe to light up our dating with the famous person that offers us lifestyles. Drawing on greater than seven years of analysis, he stories from destinations in eighteen various nations. As he quickly discovers, the sunlight is current everywhere—in mythology, language, faith, politics, sciences, artwork, literature, and drugs, even within the ocean’s depths. For a few historic worshippers, our megastar used to be a guy deserted by means of his wife simply because his brightness made her weary. The early Christians appropriated the Sun’s imagery, with the move changing into a logo of the big name and its rays, and the halo a edition of that. Einstein helped reflect the Sun’s strength to create the atomic bomb, whereas Richard Wagner had Tristan inveigh opposed to sunlight because the enemy of romantic love. during this wonderfully illustrated quantity full of alluring proof, awesome myths, and superb anecdotes, Cohen not just explains the celebrity that so evokes us, yet indicates how multifacted our dating with it has been—and is still.

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There’s a sort of goldleaf-coated maze inside the stupa, with glass showcases containing many of the ancient relics and artefacts, including small silver- and-gold Buddha images, which were sealed inside the earlier stupa. Reconstruction also revealed a small gold cylinder holding two small body relics and a strand of hair, said to belong to the Buddha, which is reputedly still in the stupa. Above this interesting interior, the golden stupa spire rises to 131ft. To the western side of the stupa is a hall containing a large gilded bronze Buddha, cast during the reign of King Mindon Min.

Look to it. The 112ft-high paya also measures 112ft around its base. It stands about 5 miles north of the city centre, a little beyond the Inya Lake Hotel. The interior of the monument is hollow and contains some nice Buddhist sculptures, including a lei-myet-hna (four-sided Buddha sculpture). Just north, Mahapasana (Map p38; Kaba Aye Pagoda Rd; admission free; h24hr), the ‘great cave’, is a totally artificial. It was here that the Sixth Buddhist Synod was held in 1954–56 to coincide with the 2500th anniversary of the Buddha’s enlightenment.

Also known by its literal translation, Royal Lake (Dawgyi Kan), the lake is most attractive at sunset, when the glittering Shwedagon is reflected in its calm waters. You’ll find the best sunset view from the lake’s eastern edge. urC" NH=¾' mhCp:snliHU='8U When the designers were asked to come up with a suitable blueprint for the ‘world peace’ zedi, which was built for the 1954–56 Sixth Buddhist Synod, they obviously decided that Mickey Mouse and friends were the epitome of world peace, because the Kaba Aye Paya (Map p38; Kaba Aye Pagoda Rd; admission free; h24hr) has a Disneyesque feel and # Tamwe £ Swimming Pool St Ú Chaukhtatgyi # Paya #3 Ú 1 Kaba Aye Paya & Mahapasana Cave F Several of the city’s embassies, clinics and smaller hotels are in the lake’s vicinity, the majority north of the lake.

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