This film was made on the basis of photos and videos taken during the trip Myanmar • Burma (EN)

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00:58 • Karen women (giraffe-women)

03:11 • Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

07:28 • Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda

 

Inle Lake

Inle Lake is famous for its freestyle fishermen, stilted villages and floating gardens that can be found on the surface of the lake, but its shores are just as interesting.

the shores of the lake

As the lake welcomes more and more tourists, many traders and artisans have settled on its banks. The shops sell many handicrafts made in the surrounding area and provide work for locals. Among them, there are some women of the Padaung ethnic group, who have been nicknamed "giraffe-women" because of their elongated necks because of the copper necklaces they wear from childhood. We can always comment on the ethical question that tourists ask themselves when they see them. Are they exhibited as in a human zoo or is it a legacy of an ancient tradition that has gradually turned into a livelihood ...

Pagodas

In a country as deeply religious as Myanmar, you obviously don't just find stalls and shops around a lake as famous as Inle Lake ...

There are several pagodas on the banks of the lake. One of them is Hpaung Daw U Pagoda.

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda is an important place of pilgrimage in the Inle Lake area. Many monks gather there daily and the particularity of this pagoda is formed by 5 statuettes of Buddha.

These statues are said to have been brought by King Alaungsithu during the first half of the 13th century. These statuettes measure between 20 and 50 centimeters and have become unrecognizable over time. Not that they have been worn out by the natural elements or by human manipulation ... They have become shapeless because of the tradition that the faithful males affix very thin gold leaves on the statues of Buddha. These 5 states are completely covered with a layer of gold which continues to grow over time.

Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda

A group of about a thousand stupas were erected on the shores of Inle Lake by King Narapatisithu during the 12th or 13th century. Some sources claim that these stupas are significantly older and were built by the Indian Buddhist king, Ashoka, in the 3rd century BCE. Anyway, this pagoda is absolutely beautiful and in a good state of conservation. We have the impression of walking in a forest of stupas, some of which are very beautiful, white or golden, covered with a golden roof pointing towards the sky. Others seem to have suffered a little more from the ravages of time.

about the place, Lac Inle:

Inle Lake is the second largest in the country by area and is approximately 116 square km. The lake is shallow.

Inle Lake is largely covered by floating plantations and traditional fishermen use their own technique to cast their cone-shaped nets.

It is one of the tourist highlights of Myanmar.

 

Spoken comments in the film: 

A bit like the fishermen of Lake India who live more from tourism than from fishing, these Padaung women (or Karen, often called giraffe women) have become tourist attractions.

The situation of these women who remained in Burma is however slightly more enviable than that of their counterparts who emigrated to Thailand where they are presented a little as beasts for the sake of the lens of tourists' cameras.

We met them at a souvenir and craft store.

Here also the ethical question arises in the face of this situation. But since you have to live well, is it better to pose for tourists while weaving their fabrics than to weave their fabrics and live in the greatest destitution ...?

 These five shapeless statuettes are in fact Buddhas covered for decades with gold leaf offered by the faithful.

Inle Lake, Myanmar. On the banks of the lake
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** Myanmar **

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Bagan, les artisans

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Bagan, les dieux

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Bagan, les hommes

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Bago

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Golden Rock

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Lac Inla (Inle Lake) - on land

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Lac Inle (Inle Lake) - on the water

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Ma Aun, Burmese village

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Mandalay, U Bein bridge in Amarapura (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, Kuthodaw pagoda (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, Maha Aung Mye Bom San monastery (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, Mahamuni Bouddha Tempel (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, pagode Mingun Pahtodawgyi (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, scenes from everyday life (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, Shwenandaw monastery (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, Su Tuang Pyae (Myanmar) pagoda

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Mandalay, wooden monastery Bagaya (Myanmar)

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Monywa, Buddhas and more Buddhas (Myanmar)

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Monywa,Thanboddhay pagoda (Myanmar)

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Mount Popa (Myanmar)

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Myanmar - Bago, Golden Rock, Pindaya, Yangon

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Myanmar - Lac Inlé et promenade

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Nyaung-U, Shwezigon Pagoda (Myanmar)

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Pa Khan Gyi - wooden monastery (Myanmar)

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Pindaya, Shwe Oo Min pagoda (Myanmar)

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Po Win Taung - Shwe Ba Taung (Myanmar)

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Po Win Taung, Myanmar

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Yangon - Strolling in Yangon

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Yangon, Shwedagon pagoda

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Music:

 - YouTube video library - A Fallen Cowboy

 - YouTube video library - Becoming

 - YouTube video library - Breathing Planet