Friday, March 11

The Three Faces of Burma

On the left is a fairly "western" individual. Many Burmese want nothing more than to be like their western counterparts. In the center, in front of the monk, is a typical traditional Burmese. He is wearing the traditional "longyi," which is the Burmese version of the netherwear of the region. Finally, rightmost in the picture is the paya -- a holy man of the Buddhist faith. Thus it is that Burma has three faces -- a western face, a traditional face, and a religious face.

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