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June 2016 issue
The Soul of Myanmar
by Albert Normandin
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I am often asked, “What is the great attraction to Myanmar (Burma)?” Well, it is a very beautiful country, with mystical temples, scattered amongst the endless landscape. But, the people are the real charm of this ‘Golden Land.’ Their shy, innocence is the heart of their beauty. Dedicated to Buddhist beliefs and a life of happiness, as they struggle to survive with so very little. The country is opening up for the first time in so many years, and changes are now happening by the moment. I am driven to capture as much of the Soul of Myanmar as I can, before it gets caught up in the modern world. As I plan my thirteenth trip to Myanmar, I look forward to wandering with the locals, and slowing down to their life of appreciation and happiness.
A Nun in a moment of prayer with a candle.
A Chin Tattoo lady laughs, showing her betel nut stained teeth.
A young Monk is distracted while studying in window light.
A young girl carries heavy lumber on her head for a few dollars a day.
A Lady Boy in full ceremonial dress is worshiped at the Mount Popa Nat festival.
An odd set of posters in the background as this innocent young girl pauses.
Young Monks shower outdoors at sunset, toothbrush at the ready.
A young Nun concentrates on her studies.
A Monk Novitation ceremony in the family home, as the young celebrated boy is overwhelmed with attention.
Relaxing on a bench, the shy boy hides.
A traveler is bored on a bus.
Resting from hard labour in the heat of the sun, she enjoys a moment of peace.
A fisherman pulls the lines in to shore.
Families visit a reclining Buddha statue and its reflection.
The daily ritual of offerings and prayers is performed by two young men.
A young girl enjoys food at a ceremonial gathering.
A temple custodian washing his face in preparation for the day ahead.
A young boy hanging around road construction equipment.
A brick factory worker out in the farm fields.
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