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Enlightened Cats, Giraffe Women, And Life On Inle Lake

Enlightened Cats, Giraffe Women, And Life On Inle Lake


I present to you, the famous jumping cats of Nga Phe Kyuang!


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Inle Lake is like the big brother of Srinagar’s Dal Lake. It’s simply gorgeous. Except for the jumping cats of Nga Phe Kyuang, it’s not really a place to see anything but rather to explore how life works and revolves around this massive body of water.


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So I started the day in Mandalay’s creepily deserted airport:



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And before I knew it, I was motorboating into from the “base camp” town of Nyaungshwe into Lake Inle:




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The floating villages.


I got to meet some of the villagers:


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…including the Padaung “Giraffe women,” who have become famous for wearing brass or iron rings around their necks. They start with about 4-5 rings at age 5, adding about 1 a year until they reach 22-25 rings. They do this for many reasons, including having them as a traditional sign of beauty.

For those of you who are quick to judge, ask yourself whether it’s any different from the societal pressures that compelled some girls to undergo Chinese foot-binding, Korean eyelid surgery, or American & European nosejobs/breast implants/constant dieting past the point of anorexia?

More on this: Giraffe women (Burma & Thailand).


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There’s also the well-known one-legged rowing unique to Inle Lake:


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And the adorable cats of Nga Phe Kyuang Monastery:


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Yes, what a place to take it all in:


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- At time of posting in Yangon, it was 82.4 °F -

Humidity: 94% | Wind Speed: 5km/hr | Cloud Cover: broken clouds

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2 Comments

  1. I have a two year old maltese dog, she’s small only about 8 pounds. Im thinking about getting a siamese kitten, do siamese cats do well with dogs? My dog is crated during the day when no one is home so I was hoping the two wouldn’t get into too much trouble with each other.
    Thanks!

  2. Hey! This looks great to me! I wish I was so lucky as to live here. Maybe I could make some deal and switch my burned out life here in California for almost anyplace in Myanmar? Any takers? I’ll throw in free airfare. This place looks like a heaven that I can only dream of here in the wasteland of America. I happen to like Theravada Buddhism too. Oh man! After these photos, my life will never be the same.

    Geoff

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