Photographer's Note

Doing a bit of research for this post I learned that Buddhist do not pray to a Creator God as many other religions do. They do what they call devotional meditation practices which can be compared to praying.

Myanmar is a country of 46 million people and approximately 89% of them practice Theravada Buddhism intertwined with local elements and beliefs. Christianity, of which about four-fifths are Protestants and one-fifth Roman Catholics, is practised by 6% of the population and the remaining 4% practices Islam, mainly of Sunni sect. Finally, a very minority of the population practise Hinduism.

This picture was taken in the Shwedagon Pagoda after this one and well into the hight. All visitors are required to remove their shoes and socks before stepping in at any of the entrances. Inside the pagoda the Burmese walk around the stupa on a clockwise way and the non-Burmese and tourists tend to follow the same tradition.

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