Kyaukpadaung Local Customs

  • Goats and herder, Myanmar
    Goats and herder, Myanmar
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  • Buddha image, Mount Popa, Myanmar
    Buddha image, Mount Popa, Myanmar
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  • Popa Cow
    Popa Cow
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    Images of the Buddha

    by Hewer Written Apr 29, 2005
    Buddha image, Mount Popa, Myanmar

    Mount Popa has long been a center of animist beliefs, or nat worship. It is said that Burmese kings came here to pay their respects to spirits. Traditionally in Burma, there are 37 nats. The ancient animist beliefs and Buddhism seem to run parallel, however, and you will of course see images of the Buddha throughout the journey to the top.

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    Rest Rooms

    by Hewer Written Apr 29, 2005
    Rest room door, Myanmar

    Almost all of the rest rooms I saw were 'squat'-style (i.e. no seat), though I did come across one exception by the foot of the mountain. I'm guessing this must be a bit unusal in Kyaukpadaung because of the sign on the door !-)

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    Goat Herding

    by Hewer Written Apr 29, 2005
    Goats and herder, Myanmar

    Just a few kilometers out of Kyaukpadaung, we had to stop to wait for a goat herder to move her stock off the road. An unusual sight! The road between Mandalay and Bagan has been in use for a long time, evolving from a track to an earth road and now a bitumen semi-highway. This is the driest part of the country, and during the dry season (November to April), stock are sometimes taken along the road like this to a water source for a drink.

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    Monks enjoying the view!

    by herzog63 Updated Jun 11, 2003

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    Popa Monks

    There were quite a few of Monks enjoying the afternoon when we were there at Mt Popa. Many of the them seemed like tourists themselves as they carried cameras with them. At first I thought they lived there at the Monastery.

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    Mama sharing with her baby

    by herzog63 Updated Jun 11, 2003

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    Monkeys

    This Mama seemed to be sharing with her baby. I don't know a whole lot about monkeys but after the baby had a little snack the mother ran off to forage more food and just left the baby to play by itself.

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    Families at the top

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Mt Popa

    At the main Stupa you will see many pilgrims praying. Some of the chants were so beautiful to just listen to. They seemed to be chants or songs I couldn't really tell that lasted about 15-20 minutes. I wish I would have had some sound recording device!

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    Grab some food on the way to the top!

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Grab a snack?

    There were a couple of the food vendors that seemed more popular than others. These ladies had lot's of people when I passed it on the way up and on the way down so maybe she had some specialties?? The food looked great!

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    Flowers for an offering

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Flower vendors

    If you want to have flowers for an offering at the various Temples on the way up the hill you won't have any problems finding any. There are loads of ladies at the bottom selling the proper flowers that you will need to make your offerings to the Nats on the hill. They ladies didn't try very hard to sell any to me and my son but they sure pestered the Burmese Pilgrims that were starting their ascent to the top!

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    Cows too!

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Popa Cow

    There are plenty of cows hanging around in the village at the bottom of the complex too! They seem to be waiting for handouts of bananas from the pilgrims. They also eat anything that they can lick up from the ground too. Plastic bags, newspaper etc...

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    Someone looks tired!

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Mt Popa

    This guy just happened to be yawning as I was taking the photo! He is starting to walk back down the mountain.

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    Families having fun

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Local tourists

    Quite a few families were enjoying the day on Mt Popa. They enjoyed ringing the bell, making offerings at the shrines and the views out over the plains. And taking plenty of pictures just like me!

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    Mt Popa Monks

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Mt Popa Monks

    There are alot of Monks as well as other pilgrims making their way to the top. Many of the Monks must've been from places far-a-way as they carried cameras and took lots of pictures of each other.

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    Buddhist Nun

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Buddhist Nun

    The Buddhist Nuns had Pink tops and red bottoms with a chaffron shoulder cover. It made for a nice combination. Myanmar is the only place where I had seen this color combination.

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