The Faces of Myanmar 🇲🇲. One day, one picture.
Numbo and his little brother were our guides for one day and drove us around the lake Inle to visit its villages.
Inle Lake is one of Myanmar highlights. The 30km long lake is majestic, surrounded by forested mountains and dotted with villages and floating gardens above the water. The main way of transportation is by boat and people are famous for their unique style of leg-rowing, standing on one leg and using the other to push the oar, leaving them with one arm free. The small towns are constituted of raising houses in bamboo separated from each other by streets of water with boat for traffic.
The locals living on the lake are called Intha (“sons of the lake”), descendant of Mom. Pushed away by other other tribes and laking land of their own, they decided to settled on the water and to adapt their way of living using lake’s resources.
Fishing is one of the main economic activity, and you will see many fishermen in their long narrow boats with a large conical hooped net.
Many vegetables (the lake is one of the main producer of tomatoes), fruits or flowers are grown on floating lands; soil is laid down on a bed of weeds that is anchored with bamboo sticks.
There are also many workshop/industries around the lake including: silver/gold/iron smiths where tools (such as fisher knifes) and jewellery are made, boat factories, cheroots makers, lotus-fibre and cotton wearers.
While one generation ago it was possible to drink the water, sadly the lake is nowadays suffering from pollution. This is coming from an expansion in motorised vessels, litters and chemicals usage that is impairing the quality of water and size of fish stock.
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