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Little Monks

This picture was taken in Bagan, Myanmar. Bagan isn’t a very large town, but it seems to have a fairly large population of Buddhist monks. Bagan is home to an array of architecturally stunning archaeological sites. The city itself is actually an archaeological zone, where you can visit over a thousand ancient pagodas. Personally, I have always found buddhist monks to be really interesting, there’s something about the affect that just makes them seem so serene. This even holds true for the kids that are training to become monks. Often in the mornings you see these children walking from building to building to receive alms. You have to get up pretty early to see this, but i’m not sure what the exact time is, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss it ask the front desk of wherever you are staying. I don’t know the specific rules for Myanmar (they may be different) but in Laos you are permitted to take pictures of the alms as long as you don’t break the line or use flash. This picture was taken with a telephoto lens from a car, so I know I wasn’t being disruptive. If you are going to take pictures, just make sure you are being respectful!

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This photo was taken in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma) just outside one of the many incredible pagodas that you can visit. This was really just a luck shot, I don’t really know why this baby was in a basket, but I thought it was a pretty cool picture none the less. This woman, and her children, were with a group of people who seemed like they were just passing through the area where the Pagoda was located, they had stopped to look at a group of tourists. The interest was clearly mutual, the small group of Burmese people was looking at the tourists, and the tourists (a group from the U.S.) were looking right back, it was sort of an interesting exchange to witness. If you look closely you can see a sort of yellow-white paste is covering the child’s face. The paste is called Tha Na Ka, it’s made from a sort of ground root and water mixture, it’s applied to the face to help keep you cool. While we were there my sister and I tried it ( a very sweet older lady outside a temple applied it for us, she was also very insistent that we smell it, though it really didn’t have much of a strong scent) it was an interesting experience, but neither of us found it to be particularly cooling after it dried. Still, i’d recommend trying it if you have a chance (and if you don’t have any serious plant allergies) it’s an interesting experience, and a lot of local people seemed really pleased by the fact that tourists were trying it out. Behind the woman you can see a horse cart, these are really common in Bagan and you can hire them to take you to pagodas if you prefer the more open air travel to taxis.

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