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Fascinating Burma

A la fin du XIXème siècle, Rudyard Kipling écrivait ceci : «C’est la Birmanie et cela ne ressemble à aucun pays que vous connaissez»

Ces quelques mots sont toujours d’actualité. La Birmanie (ou le Myanmar comme l’on dénommé ses nouveaux dirigeants) ne ressemble à aucun autre pays de l’Asie du Sud Est.
Voisin de la moderne Thaïlande, elle semble ancrée dans un temps différent. Et même si elle s’ouvre depuis peu à l’occident, c’est encore un espace où la superstition et la croyance aux Esprits tiennent la place centrale.

Puissent ces quelques images vous faire ressentir un peu de cette différence.




«This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.”
Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East (1898)

These words are still valid. Burma (or Myanmar as it is referred to by its new leaders) looks like no other country in South Asia.
Neighbor of modern Thailand, it seems rooted in a different time. And even if it opens recently to the Western influences, it is a space where superstition and faith in the spirits still hold the central place.

Can these few images make you feel this difference...
Paya Sandamuni. Mandalay.
Paya Sandamuni. Mandalay.
A Golden Afternoon. Sagaing.
A Golden Afternoon. Sagaing.
A Morning in Rangoon.
A Morning in Rangoon.
U-Bein Teak Bridge at Dusk.
U-Bein Teak Bridge at Dusk.
Strange Silhouette in the Sunset. U-Bein.
Strange Silhouette in the Sunset. U-Bein.
U Bein Bridge. Amarapura.
U Bein Bridge. Amarapura.
Novice Shaving. Mandalay.
Novice Shaving. Mandalay.
A Novice at Work :) -  Ava.
A Novice at Work :) - Ava.
In the Garden of the Red Buddhas. Boodhi Tathaung.
In the Garden of the Red Buddhas. Boodhi Tathaung.
Paya Shwedagon. Evening.
Paya Shwedagon. Evening.
The Prayer. Inside Shwedagon.
The Prayer. Inside Shwedagon.
Paya Shwedagon.
Paya Shwedagon.
The Gold of Burma.
The Gold of Burma.
Golden Reflections on a Monk's Face.
Golden Reflections on a Monk's Face.
Shwedagon at dusk.
Shwedagon at dusk.
School's Out. Sagaing.
School's Out. Sagaing.
Portrait of a Nun. Mandalay.
Portrait of a Nun. Mandalay.
Offerings - Shwedagon. Rangoon.
Offerings - Shwedagon. Rangoon.
The Morning Alms. Kyaung Maha Ganayon. Amarapura.
The Morning Alms. Kyaung Maha Ganayon. Amarapura.
The Light of Knowledge. Mandalay.
The Light of Knowledge. Mandalay.
Umbrella. Paya Hsinbyume. Mingun.
Umbrella. Paya Hsinbyume. Mingun.
Sagaing.
Sagaing.
The Fishing Net. Ngwe Saung.
The Fishing Net. Ngwe Saung.
Sad. Rangoon.
Sad. Rangoon.
The Eyes of a Child. Pakhoku.
The Eyes of a Child. Pakhoku.
A Burmese Smile. Hpa Win Daung.
A Burmese Smile. Hpa Win Daung.
The Little Boy with Thanaka. Rangoon.
The Little Boy with Thanaka. Rangoon.
Evening Sky above Irrawady.
Evening Sky above Irrawady.
Sagain Pagodas and River Irrawady.
Sagain Pagodas and River Irrawady.
Giants in the Burmese Sky.
Giants in the Burmese Sky.
Looking for Nirvana :) Shwedagon. Rangoon.
Looking for Nirvana :) Shwedagon. Rangoon.
Details on Kyaung Shwe In Bin.
Details on Kyaung Shwe In Bin.
Kyaung Shwe In Bin. Mandalay.
Kyaung Shwe In Bin. Mandalay.
Sagaing in the sky... With Gold. :)
Sagaing in the sky... With Gold. :)
Nirvana. Boodhi Tathaung.
Nirvana. Boodhi Tathaung.
Obscured by Clouds. Shwedagon.
Obscured by Clouds. Shwedagon.
Reading (II). Shwedagon.
Reading (II). Shwedagon.
Reading (III). Sagaing.
Reading (III). Sagaing.
Reading (I). Kengtung.
Reading (I). Kengtung.
Smoking cheerot. Inthein Market.
Smoking cheerot. Inthein Market.
North Entrance. Shwedagon Complex.
North Entrance. Shwedagon Complex.
The Little Offerings Seller. Mandalay.
The Little Offerings Seller. Mandalay.
Three Novices visiting Shwedagon.
Three Novices visiting Shwedagon.
Collecting Alms. Mandalay.
Collecting Alms. Mandalay.
The Prayer.
The Prayer.
Transporting teak wood on the river Irrawady.
Transporting teak wood on the river Irrawady.
Rangoon. Morning Mist.
Rangoon. Morning Mist.
The Florists. Mandalay.
The Florists. Mandalay.
Mahamuni Pagoda. Mandalay.
Mahamuni Pagoda. Mandalay.
In-between two worlds.
In-between two worlds.
Sitting Buddha.
Sitting Buddha.
A Rural Scene. Lake Taungthama.
A Rural Scene. Lake Taungthama.
Colorful Burma.
Colorful Burma.
The Fisherman. Lake Taungthama.
The Fisherman. Lake Taungthama.
A Worker. Rangoon.
A Worker. Rangoon.
The Happy Open-Air Kitchen.
The Happy Open-Air Kitchen.
Young Girl with Thanaka. Rangoon.
Young Girl with Thanaka. Rangoon.
Lake Inle.
Lake Inle.
Inle Lake. Afternoon Light.
Inle Lake. Afternoon Light.
A Tropical Sunset. Ngwe Saung.
A Tropical Sunset. Ngwe Saung.
Sunset on Bengal Gulf.
Sunset on Bengal Gulf.
Last Rays of the Setting Sun. Sagaing.
Last Rays of the Setting Sun. Sagaing.
Burma.
Burma.