This game is played by the men all over the country. A ball made of woven rattan is used, and it is played by the participants head, feet, knees and legs.
Its very skillful and interesting to watch.
I got to se it played close to the local bar which was by my hotel. The players joined and left the game intermittently.
I visited a large souvenir shop on the northern edge of town and I was able to see the craftsmen working on their designs. They work pretty fast! More interesting than wandering around the shop and being followed by sales people, that's for sure.
This was on the corner of 27th and 72nd street in Mandalay.
These little delectables were for sale alongside the Taungthaman Lake, which is crossed by U Bien's Bridge. We came across a few little food stalls - and were given a discrete head shake by our guide, and told that they were field mice! Pass!
Both hotels we stayed in in Mandalay - which were at opposite ends of the price range - quoted prices, we accepted, and then they discounted the price instantly!! This was over and above the prices given in the Lonely Planet book too. So, don't be deterred by prices you see in the guide books, as chances are, the actual asking price is much less than the advertised rates!
What a shame this habit, which is so generalised, has such a deleterious impact on the dental attractiveness of Myanma people! Our driver did NOT chew the nut, and what a difference. Our informal "guide" member of the team did chew the nut, and he was clearly self conscious about it - and carefully did not smile showing his teeth.
The footpaths in Mandalay were not nearly as marked as those in Yangon, but even the best dressed men in Myanmar generally had stained teeth.
Find out what your future hides from you by visiting astro-palmist experts. Expect a scientific hand analysis as they advertise!! I was almost intending to try my luck and see if I am soon going to get married, but limited time we had for sightseeing Mandalay prevented me. We found them by the entrance of Kyauktawgyi pagoda.
So if anyone tries it, just tell me whether this "scientific" has any meaning or not!!
Every where you go you will see a field marked out and a net sometimes in the most unlikely places eg. in a cemetry. It seems that young men will take any opportunity to play cane ball. Cane ball is a bit like volley ball. This photo was taken near the bottom of Mandalay Hill.
It seems that the Burmese will also gamble on which team is going to win. This one that we watched for some time got very heated at times!
There are eight days of burmese week `cos Wednesday divides on two parts in noon owing to Buddha was born in Wednesday. The little statuettes of Buddha symbolize each week`s day and are situated around all pagodas. If you were born in Monday , for example , you had to find your statuette of Buddha and pour water on his head , also you can buy some religious souvenires on entrance and then place them to him . Then Buddha give you good luck and happiness. It`s much better to do it if today is the day of week when you were born...
But how can you find your day of a week , if all the inscriptions are in Burmese ?
You can try to learn Burmese ...
OK , I`ll show you the easier way , just say ` spasibo ` !
The point is that every day of a week has his own animal just like a symbol .
Monday - Tiger
Tuesday - Lion
Wednasday AM - Elephant with tusks
Wednesday PM - Elephant without tusks
Thursday - Little Mouse
Friday - Big Mouse
Saturday - Big Snake Naga
Sunday - Karudo Bird
So if you don`t see any inscriptions in English , or in your native language ( ha-ha ! ) , you just had to find statuette of your animal near the Buddha`s statuette , and then be sure that it is your day of a week... Pour Buddha !
Thank you for your attention !
You can find near Mahamuni paya some area with strange bronze statues. I don`t remember their names , but every local guide will help you.
They say one of them is medicinal...
For example if you or somebody of your nearest and dearest have frequently headache , you need to flatter the head of this statue , if heartache - heart , etc...
My little son had frequently stomach-ache.
Me and my wife had stroked the belly of this hero together , and , I don`t know , but our son is OK now...
Thank you , Buddha!
Thank you too, Mr." sorry , I don`t know your name" !
Only I don`t know what can do that man who needs to stroke left hand or right arm...
La gente de Myanmar nos llam? la atenci?n por el colorido de sus ropas, el tanaka en su cara, su amabilidad y especialmente por su simpatia
Myanmar people paid our atention for their colourfull dressing, the tanaka on their faces , their kindness and spetially for thei friendship
Vamos a indicar algunos de los oficios que nos llamaron la atención:
-Fabricante de cuencos para monjes
-Tejedora mostrando con un espejo su trabajo
We are indicating some of the trades that paid our atention :
-Monks bowls manufacturer
-weaver showing her work with a mirror
El pan de oro, es una hoja finisima de oro , que la obtienen reduciendo el espesor a martillazos y es lo que utilizan para adornar y dorar las imagenes de Buda
( Por cierto las mujeres no pueden acercarse al Buda para ponerle el pan de oro )
Todo el trabajo es manual y controlan los tiempos del martillo con un reloj de agua
Al final los panes los empaquetan y los preparan para mandar a los templos
The gold leaves are extremly thin and they get them reducing the thickness by hammering.
It is used to ornate the Buddha images
(By the way , women are not allowded to go near the Buddha to gold him)
All the work is manual and they control the hammering time with a water clock
At the end the gold leaves are packed and prepaired to be sent to the temples
Hay una calle dedicada a tallar Budas y estatuas de marmol , donde se puede ver todo el proceso de fabricacion de las imagenes
Lo peor es que se ve trabajando a pequenos
There is a street dedicated to carve marble Buddhas and statues , where you may see all the manufacturing process of the image
The worst of it is that you may see boys working
Las carreteras son seres vivos que estan en constante movimiento y cambiando continuamente.La gente vive y pasa su tiempo en la carretera , parece que no caben en los pueblos y a algunos les ha tocado desplazarse constantemente
Tienen arboles ,gente paseando y ninos jugando son como las que conocimos cuando eramos pequeños
Roads are living beeings that are in constant movement and changing continuously.
People lives and spend their time on the road , it seems that they don´t have room in the villages and some of them must be moving constantly
They have trees , people walking and children playing like those that we new when we were youngs
Mostly women but also some men and probably all the children use 'thanaka' to cover their faces.
The use it as sun protection, as make-up and as health product.
Most of them just smear it on their faces, some make more fine patterns