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A Bagan Day

A photo blog of daily life in Burma

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Every day we take hundreds of photos of exotic scenes and fantastic monuments while all around us local folk are going about their business seemingly incognizant of their incredible surroundings. So, with few words, here’s a look at life for ordinary people amongst the spectacular ancient monuments of Bagan.

A young monk and his dog set off at dawn in search of alms…

…while a watermelon seller prepares for a day at the temple…

…and an elderly lady waits for the bus driver…

As the morning mist clears this farmer works in a scene straight out of the middle ages…

…these goat herders shake fruit from the trees for their animals in a biblical montage…

...and this little boy watches ladies fetching water from the well…

There are no supermarkets or grocers here, so vegetables come from the daily market…

…and fish from the fishmongers…

As the day wears on men, women and children unload rocks by hand from the barges…

….while ladies launder hotels' sheets in the river…

…and children play outside their meager thatched hovels on the riverbank…

Today is a special day when young boys, novitiates, are introduced to Buddha for the first time. They are dressed as princes and ride to the temple on horseback…

…while the more affluent ones are carried on elaborately decorated ox-carts...

As we journey across Burma we are constantly reminded that we, in the west, enjoy a standard of living that these people cannot imagine in their wildest dreams. Yet, wherever we go, they smile at us and welcome us to their ancient land with a “Mingalabar”…

Mingalabar to you from the lovely people of Bagan.

Posted by Hawkson 22:39 Archived in Myanmar

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Such lovely and instructive pictures....yes, indeed, I am humbled and grateful for the abundance in my life. What extraordinarily beautiful people...hugs, Sharron

by Sharron

These pictures take me to where you are. Thanks for allowing me to travel so easily.

by Janet

Your posting reminds me that a picture is worth many words. It is a precious memory of your travels.
Well done. Love Jean and David xxx

by Jean and David

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