Like the locals, I walked around the tallest stupa in Myanmar, Shwemawdaw Pagoda. This must have brought me some virtue, and my life might be a little better. Satisfied, I left the temple grounds and headed down the stairs toward the exit.
I found people gathered around the gate, which was empty when I came in. They were not people who had come to pay their respects. They were flower vendors. It is common to offer flowers at temples here as well. Apparently, the idea of flowers blooming in the harsh natural environment is in line with the Buddhist concept of endurance in ascetic practice. For this reason, it is common to see people offering flowers at temples, and it is also common to see people selling flowers for offerings.
Here, too, flower vendors were waiting at the entrance for visitors to arrive. The woman in the photo is one of them. She was holding a long flower in both hands, and her face was painted with what looked like a pattern in thanaka.
|Aug 2019 MYANMAR PEOPLE|
|BAGO FLOWER HAWKER THANAKA WOMAN|
August 3, 2019
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