Fantastic Faces Of Myanmar. Myanmar or Burma as it was formally called is a place of magic and wonderment. It is an incredibly beautiful and historic country with amazing sites like the never-ending Temples of Bagan, the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, and the amazing carvings in the isolated Mrauk U. Myanmar’s 50 million citizens have struggled through difficult times from being colonized under the Brits, brutal fighting between the Allies and the Japanese during WWII, severe military rule, and grinding poverty. Despite all of these obstacles and challenges the Burmese are a truly hospitable and friendly people. Fantastic Faces Of Myanmar.
One of the first things that will catch your attention is many women and children (and sometimes guys) will have a white-yellow paste smeared on their faces. Thanaka is a white-yellow paste made from ground bark. Several trees are used to make this cosmetic paste and can found in the central area in central Myanmar. This facial covering has a long tradition in Myanmar, dating back over 2,000 years. The purpose of Thanaka is two-fold. Some of the women’s faces are covered in designs to enhance beauty. And others use the Thanaka to protect their skin. Fantastic Faces Of Myanmar.
Myanmar still occasionally regards visitors as a novelty. As a visitor you can expect to have the camera turned on you. You will be asked to pose for selfies and group photos.
I was in a local market and noted a cute girl. I gesticulated to a five year old to take her photo, she shook her head no, and threw a towel over her head. I smiled and walked away, and looked back her. Somewhat shocked, I saw her grab her cell phone, and snap a photo of me as I walked away. Ten minutes later I walked back, and I returned the favor and grabbed a photo of her.