Notes on Burma: first settlements…

Notes on Burma: first settlements…
Notes on Burma: first settlements...

Notes on Burma: first settlements were recorded 13,000 years ago….. By mid-13 century most of the mainland was under Pagan (bagan) control …… torn by wars, foreign occupation, annexed by multiple empires, Burma remains one of the most amaIng and culturally rich countries in SE Asia – most definitely one of the very favorite of mine

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival alson known…

Phuket Vegetarian Festival alson known…
Phuket Vegetarian Festival alson known...

Phuket Vegetarian Festival alson known as Nine Emperor Gods Festival (kin jay or jia chai in Hokkien Chinese). The ceremonial takes place during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.During the 10-day event, participants stick to a strict vegetarian diet which is believed to spiritually cleanse their souls. Devotees not only give up meat for the holiday, a select few participants actually practice self mutilation in the form of piercing their cheeks with swords, walking on hot coals, and climbing ladders made of knife blades! Phuket’s annual Vegetarian Festival dates back to 1825 when a touring opera company were struck down with illnesses and only cured of their maladies by a vegetarian diet

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Notes on Burma- Bagan became…

Notes on Burma- Bagan became…
Notes on Burma- Bagan became...

Notes on Burma- Bagan became a central powerbase in the mid 9th century under King Anawratha. It is estimated that as many as 13,000 temples and stupas once stood on 42 sq km plain. Marco Polo once described Bagan as a “gilded city alive with tinkling bells and the swishing sounds of monks’ robes”. Approximately 2,200 remain today, in various states of disrepair. Some are large and well maintained, such as the Ananda Pahto, others are small tumbledown relics in the middle of overgrown grass

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From Namche to Tengboche. Amazingly…

From Namche to Tengboche. Amazingly…
From Namche to Tengboche. Amazingly...

From Namche to Tengboche.
Amazingly scenic trek at over 3.8 meter elevation. Tengboche is a small village in Khumbu, largest and one of the most important buddhist monastery (gompa).
Monastery is surrounded by incredible vistas of Everest, Lhotse and my favorite- majestic Ama Dablam

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