THE WOODEN LAND

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Weekend | Photo Essay - Pho­tos: Aung Htay Hlaing

At a mar­ket in the no hern pa of Sh­wedagon Pagoda, two dozens of shops sell wooden stat­ues of the Bud­dha, mys­ti­cal an­i­mals as well as Bo Bo Aung and Bo Min Gaung (two weikzas or semi-immo al su­per­nat­u­ral fig­ures). Be­hind the store­fronts are workshops where the sculp­tors cre­ate their wares. For many years, sculp­tors have plied their trade at the coun­try’s most impo ant Bud­dhist holy site, pro­duc­ing sculp­tures and carv­ings for shops who sell them to tourists and pil­grims.

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