Edited by Gianni Guadalupi. Texts by Michael Symes
1988 / 196 PAGES.
On the tortuous coasts of Trans-Gangetic India (known today as Indochina), there was once a small realm built around the erratic coast of great, wandering rivers: Pegu, a kingdom rich in gemstones, imaginary white elephants and alluring women.
Pegu – such was the name of this kingdom and its capital – was brimming with rubies, topazes, sapphires, amethysts and jade; with imaginary white elephants; with immodestly alluring women draped in see-through, barely-closed fabrics; with spirits both benign and evil; with pet rhinoceroses, their horns beribboned and armour laden with bundles; with rats who would descend in droves from the mountains every winter to besiege the villages; with pagodas whose roofs were covered in pure-gold sheets. With Ava and Arakàn, Pegu was one of the regions making up the country that is known today as Myanmar. British major Michael Symes tells of his adventurous journey through the Burmese Empire.