December 16, 2003
|In Yangon, at road's end, zedis stand like exclamation points. Buddhism rises to the sky on each golden spire. Burma probably has more zedis per capita and Yangon is a city that gives Buddhism highest prominence. Call it a zedi, stupa, or pagoda, Buddhists believe these monuments contain relics from Buddha and in Yangon, none is holier than Shwedagon Paya - the city's centerpiece.
Swegadon Pagoda is Disneyland for Buddhists.
In the Buddhist pantheon, I'm a dragon and Jill's an elephant.
Kipling called the Shwedagon Paya a "golden mystery...a beautiful winking wonder."