The temple grounds of the Shwedagon Pagoda, which stands on a hill not far from the center of Yangon, are a no-footprint zone. Not only in the many buildings on the grounds but also in the entire grounds. All the worshippers who come to pay their respects walk around the temple grounds barefoot.
It is not unusual for a sanctuary to have a no-shoes policy. Here, however, there was another problem. The ground in the precincts was very hot under the strong sunlight. When I walked barefoot, I felt as if I were walking on a steel plate, and it was difficult to walk barefoot.
Walking around with the soles of my feet almost scalded, I felt as if I was practicing asceticism. However, I was the only one who walked a little faster than the others, and the locals didn't seem to mind. The locals looked unconcerned as they walked along, the skin on the soles of their feet must be much thicker than mine, as they usually wore only sandals.
As I tiptoed through the temple grounds, enduring the heat from the soles of my feet, I saw a group of Buddhist monks walking by. The young monks were walking as if nothing was wrong, just like many other locals. The sight of them made me wonder if the nerves in the soles of their feet had become paralyzed.
|Jan 2017 MYANMAR PEOPLE|
|GOLD KASAYA MONK SHOELESS STUPA TEMPLE UMBRELLA YANGON|
January 13, 2017
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