Burma
units of dry capacity

               

bag

     

thamardi tinn or basket

3

           

hkwe

2

6

         

seit

2

4

12

       

sayat

2

4

8

23

     

pyi

2

4

8

16

48

   

hkwet

2

4

8

16

32

96

 

zalè

2

4

8

16

32

64

192

lamè or nozibu

2

4

8

`6

32

64

128

384


gills

1 1/8
imp pint

1 1/8
imp qt


imp qt


imp qt

1 1/8
imp peck


imp peck

9
imp gal

27
imp gal

319.6
mL

639.3
mL

1.279
L

2.557
L

5.114
L

10.229
L

20.457
L

40.915
L

122.74
L

These are 20th century values. Late 19th century sources further subdivided the lamè¹

1. H. J. Chaney.
Our Weights and Measures. A Practical Treatise on the Standard Weights and Measures in Use in the British Empire
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1897.

Page 41 says the “la-may” was divided into 2 “la-myek” and the “la-myek” into 2 “la-moo.”

Charles Alexander Gordon.
Our Trip to Burmah with Notes on That Country.
London: Baillière, Tindall and Cox. No date, but circa 1875.

Page 265 says the “lamay” was divided into 2 “lamyet”, and the “lamyet into 2 “lamyoo”. Gordon thought the lamè = 1 imperial pint and the basket = 1 imperial bushel.

sources

It is an interesting comment on the desire for a standard measure that the tin of “Milkmaid” brand condensed milk has become universally recognised as representing one lamè; the Nestle's tin as one zalè, and the tin containing preserved lichis as 3½ lamè. In origin the lamè is said to have been two handfuls, and the basket to have come in to existence as being the amount of unhusked rice a man could conveniently carry at one time. The Burmese Government appears to have made some attempt at standardising it, and the British Government has more or less recognised as the standard basket one containing 9 gallons, other baskets being defined in Government reports in terms thereof. The baskets in ordinary use throughout the country vary a good deal, being usually somewhat smaller than 9 gallons. Most, however, contain between 8 and 9 gallons.

C. A. Silberrad.
The Weights and Measures of India.
Nature, vol. 110, no. 2757, September 2, 1922.
Page 329.

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