# bamboo

## 1

In Burma, before 19ᵗʰ – 20ᵗʰ century ¹, a unit of length, approximately 3.912 meters (approximately 154 inches). Also known as dha or ta². One bamboo = 1/1000 dain = 7 saundaungs.3

1. United Nations, 1966.

2. Simmonds, 1892, page 369. Simmonds states “20 tas make one okthaba of 70 feet,” but 70 yards is intended. Simmonds takes the ta at 3½ yards; Nelkenbrecher (1890, page 723) at 3.3959 meters.

3. Doursther, page 45.

## sources

1

a ta, a measure of length equal to 7 cubits (), the short ta measuring 4 cubits and the long ta 12 cubits;

Robert C. Stevenson.
Judson's Burmese-English Dictionary. Revised and Enlarged.
Rangoon: Printed by the Superintendent, Government Printing, 1893.
Page 49.

2

To measure with a ta, a measure of length equal to 7 cubits (some tas are 8 cubits). In measuring distances along a road or highway, the seven cubit ta was the standard; in measuring ditches or drains, the eight cubit ta.

Robert C. Stevenson.
Judson's Burmese-English Dictionary. Revised and Enlarged.
Rangoon: Printed by the Superintendent, Government Printing, 1893.
Page 513.

## 2

In India, a unit of length, in the reforms of Akbar the Great (ruled 1556 – 1605) about 12.8 meters.

Doursther, page 45.

## 3

A unit of mass and capacity in many areas around the Indian Ocean. Doursther attempted to convert from mass to capacity at a rate of 75 kg per 100 liters:

• Madagascar. = ½ troubahouche, 1½ kg rice, about 2 liters.
• Ternate. = 1½ pond trooisch, ¾ kg , about 1 liter.
• Sulu, where it was called the booboot. = 1/20 pikul, weighs 3 catties or about 3 kilograms, about 3 liters.
• Achem. = 1/8 nelly = 2 quarters = 4 chopas or cauls 1.663 kg, about 2.18 kg. Sometimes 5 cauls.
• Bantam. = 1/8 gantam = 4 catties = 5 pond trooisch, about 2½ kg, 3.25 liters.

In Sumatra, “bamboo” was another name for the koolah or culah.

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