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Meet Zawzaw, Mandalay trishaw driver saving to study law in college. Note the snake skins in back of him.
Relatives of the driver of the tiny Nissan pickup trucks they use in Mandalay for driving tourists.
Throughout my whole trip in Burma the reaction of people to my attempts to photo them was either curiosity or helpfulness or both, never hostility (except for the baby in another photograph, and I didn't have to worry about his hostility because his mother had a good hold on him). The gentleman here noticed me photographing the Buddha statue at Swedagon Pagoda in Yangon (Rangoon), and, like all others, enjoyed seeing his image replayed in the LCD display.
At tourist sites throughout Burma people will be there to offer services as guide. Some of them, like this one, are more persistent than others, requiring evasion skills of the tourist.
(Photo by Weigert.)
A vendor in the market of Kalau, a hill station between Lake Inle and Mandalay. Note the traditional Burmese headgear; it's called a "towel." (Photo by Weigert.)
When the snoopy photographer stuck her nose in the shop, this man was pounding a sheet of gold to make gold leaf out of it. Believers buy the inch-square paper-thin gold leaf to press on a statue of the Buddha (see the examples in the section on Thailand). One fascinating several-blocks' section of Mandalay is devoted to shops for arts and crafts. (Photo by Weigert.)
At Shwendaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery).
(Photo by Schafrick.)