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May 14, 2011


Inle lake

by swebackpacker

The robes of the buddhist monks

A monk who had studied Buddhism for at least thirty years receives a robe as a gift from the local spinning-mill at Inle lake. Normally, the monk begins his studies at age of twenty, but he must start before he is twenty-seven years old. The process of manufacturing the robe follows the cycle of the moon. One cut the Lotus lowers stems at the full moon. Each process in the spinning-mill is according to the phases of the moon so the monks’ robes are ready for the next full moon. The owner said in the end of July, I will give six monks their robes during their initiating process, since they have completed their thirty year studies. According to the owner Burma had two monks on the highest level belonging to two different paths. The government pays all their expenditures.

The fishermen at Inle lake

I left Yangoon with a forty-minutes flight to Heho in the middle of Burma. Next step was a 35 km (22-mile) journey by taxi to Nyanungshwe where Inle Lake begins. I paid 21600 Kyats (about 18 US dollar) for the taxi. I stayed at Remember Inn hotel for eight US dollar a night. Inle lake is famous for the leg rowing fishermen, the spinning-mill who makes the robes for the Buddhist monks, Yama floating market and Phaung Daw U Padoga.

Inle lake is shallow with a depth of only two meters during the dry season in the end of the rainy season the level can increase to about twelve meters. The leg rowing fishermen are carrying a tall conical trap containing a net on their boats. They row out on the lake early in the morning before sunrise. The fishermen looks for indications of movements on the calm water surface then he thrust the trap into the water down to the bottom of the lake.

Floating gardens

The floating gardens of Inle lake consist of floating weeds weaved together anchored  with bamboo poles out in the water and filled with mud from the bottom of the lake. The Intha people use boats to take care of these gardens, cultivated here are tomatoes, peas, bean and eggplants. The gardens are a good source for income one can see boats filled the tomatoes on their way into Nyanungshwe or to the floating market at Yama.

Geraffe-necked women

A family of “giraffe-necked women from the Padaung tribe were staying at the southern end of Inle lake. The older woman had two brass rings around here neck weighing about eight kg. The younger girl had only one brass ring weighing about six kg.

Football in Nyanungshwe

Almost everywhere one go around the  world kids plays football. Nyanungshwe at Inle lake was not an exception from that rule.

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