• 1. The holiest pagoda in Burma is Rangoon’s (Yangon’s) golden Shwedagon Paya to which pilgrims flock year round.1. The holiest pagoda in Burma is Rangoon’s (Yangon’s) golden Shwedagon Paya to which pilgrims flock year round.
  • 2. The plain at Bagan is dotted with over 2,000 Buddhist stupas of all sizes.  These were built from the 10th until the Mongol invasion in the 13th century.2. The plain at Bagan is dotted with over 2,000 Buddhist stupas of all sizes. These were built from the 10th until the Mongol invasion in the 13th century.
  • 3. One of four 30 foot gilded solid teak statues of Buddha faces outward from the center of the Ananda Patho, one of Bagan’s most imposing monuments3. One of four 30 foot gilded solid teak statues of Buddha faces outward from the center of the Ananda Patho, one of Bagan’s most imposing monuments
  • 4. Girl in longhee playing in the yard of a Bagan pagodas4. Girl in longhee playing in the yard of a Bagan pagodas
  • 5. At the Morning Market, a group of Buddhist nuns makes the rounds to collect staples for the week.5. At the Morning Market, a group of Buddhist nuns makes the rounds to collect staples for the week.
  • 6. Some stupas have extensive frescoes.  This one portrays an admirer of the Buddha holding up a bunch of stylized lotus blossoms.6. Some stupas have extensive frescoes. This one portrays an admirer of the Buddha holding up a bunch of stylized lotus blossoms.
  • 7. Coconut shell cups for drinking before entering a temple, Mandalay7. Coconut shell cups for drinking before entering a temple, Mandalay
  • 8. Young people weaving fine baskets for lacquering into traditional drinking cups.8. Young people weaving fine baskets for lacquering into traditional drinking cups.
  • 9. At the pagoda’s entrance, monks sit with their lacquer “begging bowls,” waiting for food donations from the faithful.9. At the pagoda’s entrance, monks sit with their lacquer “begging bowls,” waiting for food donations from the faithful.
  • 10. Bagan’s Shwezigon 12th century pagoda was much restored since it suffered earthquake damage in the 1980s.10. Bagan’s Shwezigon 12th century pagoda was much restored since it suffered earthquake damage in the 1980s.
  • 11. A pair of Buddhist nuns deambulate clockwise around the Shwezigon pagoda in Bagan11. A pair of Buddhist nuns deambulate clockwise around the Shwezigon pagoda in Bagan
  • 12. Little girl happily playing among the payas in Bagan12. Little girl happily playing among the payas in Bagan
  • 13. As a sun-block, most Bamar lather their faces with a ground thanakha tree-bark paste13. As a sun-block, most Bamar lather their faces with a ground thanakha tree-bark paste
  • 14. A slender Bamar woman takes her afternoon bath in the Irrawaddy14. A slender Bamar woman takes her afternoon bath in the Irrawaddy
  • 15. Irrawaddy fishermen bring home their catch at sunset15. Irrawaddy fishermen bring home their catch at sunset
  • 16. In Mindon, 11kms above Mandalay, a Buddhist nun strolls in front of the immense Paya, smashed by an earthquake before completion. at the beginning of the 19th century.16. In Mindon, 11kms above Mandalay, a Buddhist nun strolls in front of the immense Paya, smashed by an earthquake before completion. at the beginning of the 19th century.
  • 17. Picking flowers from the bottle-brush tree17. Picking flowers from the bottle-brush tree
  • 18. Even houses in the Lake Inle region are woven as basketry18. Even houses in the Lake Inle region are woven as basketry
  • 19. In Lake Inle region young water-buffalo herder gets to ride one of his charges19. In Lake Inle region young water-buffalo herder gets to ride one of his charges
  • 20. Intha fishermen on Lake Inle paddle their canoes with one foot looped around their single oar and also fish by dropping conical nets into the shallow water20. Intha fishermen on Lake Inle paddle their canoes with one foot looped around their single oar and also fish by dropping conical nets into the shallow water
  • 21. North of Lake Inle the teak hall of an abandoned monastery serves as classroom for novice Buddhist monks.21. North of Lake Inle the teak hall of an abandoned monastery serves as classroom for novice Buddhist monks.
  • 22. Burmese man in his longhee pushing his bicycle across UBain’s bridge, the longest teak structure in the world.  Mandalay region.22. Burmese man in his longhee pushing his bicycle across UBain’s bridge, the longest teak structure in the world. Mandalay region.
  • 23. Padaung woman, Lake Inle region23. Padaung woman, Lake Inle region
  • 24. Only affluent Padaung women are wealthy enough to sport a silver “flower money” necklace over their brass neck coils.  Lake Inle.24. Only affluent Padaung women are wealthy enough to sport a silver “flower money” necklace over their brass neck coils. Lake Inle.
  • 25. Young Padaung girl starts wrapping copper coils around her neck so she can become a tourist attraction like her female relatives25. Young Padaung girl starts wrapping copper coils around her neck so she can become a tourist attraction like her female relatives
  • 26. Kuthodaw Paya, masses 729 stupas, each protecting a marble slab inscribed with the entire Tripitaka. Mandalay26. Kuthodaw Paya, masses 729 stupas, each protecting a marble slab inscribed with the entire Tripitaka. Mandalay