28 Jul '14, 11pm

A postcard from Inle Lake, Burma

A postcard from Inle Lake, Burma

Today is full-moon day, a holiday for the hill farmers who pour down to the lake in their tribal finery to visit the temple, cook up some curry and socialise. At Indein village, a gaggle of Pa-O ladies, all in their distinctive black robes with dragon turbans of the brightest orange, are boarding a longtail. Clearly unused to travel by boat this is a great novelty and there are hoots of laughter. Given it is a holiday, Indein’s 1,054 temples and stupas might be expected to be very busy with pilgrims, but the whole site is empty. A Banyan tree grows out of the top of a 600 year-old stupa adorned with intricate carvings of ogres and mythical birds and the roots of a fig curl serpent-like through the cracks of an elaborate temple, where Bhudda’s head has long-since vanished and the relic chamber has been plundered. Add in some monkeys and Indein would be a spit for King Louis...

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