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Back to Burma

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2013 by stevemccurry

Procession of Nuns, Yangon

This is Burma, and it is unlike any land you know about.
Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East (1898)


Fisherman on Inle Lake with the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in the distance

Burma is referred to  as Amarapura, the Land of Immortality, and
Yadanarbon, the Land of the Gems.
Today it is known as Suvanabhomi, the Golden Land.


Mingun Pagoda

Burma has a uniquely preserved cultured in a unparalled landscape.
Rich in natural resources and virgin landscapes,
the country has unique features which set it apart from the rest of the world.


Golden rock, Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar


Pagan, Burma, 2010




Bagan, the ancient capital, where thousands of temples, monasteries, and stupas were built.



Sittwe, Burma




Even the son of the foolish can be a sage ; even the son of a poor man can be rich.
Do not be contemptuous of anyone.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma, 2010, final print_perugia




Yangon, Burma


Monk reads Buddhist scripture at monastery in Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma), 1985

Monk reads Buddhist scriptures at monastery in Yangon

One who has knowledge is honored by others.
Strive daily to get knowledge.
– Proverb

Rangoon, Burma, 1994. Magnum Photos, NYC62603, MCS1994009 K207.

Yangon train



Inle Lake



Monk walks through a Buddha statue workshop, Mandalay

For the temple-bells are callin’, and it’s there that I would be
By the old Moulmein Pagoda, looking lazy at the sea;
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay,
With our sick beneath the awnings when we went to Mandalay!
O the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin’-fishes play,
An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay!
– Rudyard Kipling


Young Monk in Mandalay

In battle we need a warrior,
in a commotion a counselor,
during meals a loved one,
a wise man in an emergency
– Proverb


Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

“Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential.”



I am not thesis
I am not antithesis
I am dialectic
Just a contradiction
Patched up in palimpsest.
 – Portion of poem by Zeyar Lynn, Burma
Translated by Ko Ko Thett




_SM16706, Myanmar, Burma, 02/2011, BURMA-10313 Untold_book


Burma is  the most religious Buddhist country if measured by the
percentage of monks in the population and proportion of income spent on religion.


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