Try To Catch the Burma Sun

This post is all about a very photogenic country called Burma (officially the Union of Myanmar). Let's make a short trip about this country, make an acquantance with its nice and friendly people and see some of its sightseeings.  
Let's start with Mandalay city. In the early morning local fishermen catch the sun in the muddy lake under one of its bridges. 

Here is the fisherman spreading his triangular nets and preparing for fishing.
A short history of this place. In 1044 the king Anoratha met a monk from India and, being very impressed with this meeting, decided to change the official religion from Hinduism to Buddhism. A little later he received a great relic - a tooth of the Buddha. His subjects were dissatisfied with the fact he kept the relic with him as they wanted to pray to the tooth. Then the king made 3 copies of the tooth and built 4 huge stupas, into each of which a tooth was put.
Later people started building personal temples near these stupas. Over 200 years about 4000 temples have been built here.

In 1975 a strong earthquake destroyed half of all the temples. However, the present government actively restores them and today there are already 3500 temples in Burma.
8 pagodas are installed around the main stupa. Each of them symbolyses a day of the week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning, Wednesday evening, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On each of these days the Buddha performed certain actions. Pictured: the guide who calculating on what day of the week you were born.

The ritual of pouring the Buddha.

Now let's learn how the Burmese live. The salary of the rice collector is $1.5 a day. Employees earn even less. People live in poverty. Personal transport mostly consists of motor bicycles and bikes. Instead of the buses - trucks. Instead of taxis - small trucks. One can barely see a car younger than 10 years old. There are no new cars at all. Dinner at the restaurant costs $2-3 (beer included). Families live in small huts with an area of 3x3 meters.

This is the hut of very poor people. They have to sleep outdoors.

A baby's bed under the shed.

If you think the city roads are pretty lousy than you should see the village ones. They are not covered with asphalt thus are extremely dusty. And people have to pour them with water when the car is coming.

Water is taken from such wells dug out in the ground.

All is carried on head.

While women work their men look at them from the local bar.

Fresh reed juice is very popular in Burma.

All the restaurants offer quite spicy food.

The cords with lighters hang right from the ceiling.

The windows of the schools are never glassed here. Even in winter the temperature reaches +45 C.

The speed of the Internet is very slow. It takes 10-15 minutes to load one image.

The garbage is thrown everywhere in the street...

via sergeydolya


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