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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." -- Marianne Williamson

361--Myanmar: The Floating World of Inle Lake
@ CherieSpotting     Jul 19 2006 - 16:54 PST
Cherie writes: The sons of Inle Lake are the “Intha” people, which literally means “sons of the lake.” It’s in this lake where you can watch: children take their water buffalo for a swim on a leash, daughters harvest dinner from the village floating garden, wives weave cloth into prized longyi and husbands paddle home their canoes with their legs—not their arms.

Inle Lake, Myanmar is a floating world of still waters and endless tranquility. Most Intha go to the weekly Kyauk Taing Market by canoe or water buffalo…but you can arrive in a click.

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Cherie explores the floating world of Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma.) *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Cherie explores the floating world of Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma.) *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Watch out for the leaping water-buffalo. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Watch out for the leaping water-buffalo. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Bringing home the green.

Bringing home the green.

All in a day's work.

All in a day's work.

Scooping up the muck?

Scooping up the muck?

Jean stays cool in the shade.

Jean stays cool in the shade.

What's for dinner?

What's for dinner?

Not afraid to get their thighs wet.

Not afraid to get their thighs wet.

The Intha people are hardworking. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

The Intha people are hardworking. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Pull. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Pull. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Ready to pass? *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Ready to pass? *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Inle Lake by boat. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Inle Lake by boat. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Scooping up the lake muck. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Scooping up the lake muck. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Thinking.

Thinking.

Harvest time.

Harvest time.

The view from the front.

The view from the front.

There's always room for one more.

There's always room for one more.

Excuse me, is that a water buffalo on a leash?

Excuse me, is that a water buffalo on a leash?

Patience.

Patience.

Ox-carts waiting at the Kyauk Taing Market.

Ox-carts waiting at the Kyauk Taing Market.

It's smokin' hot.

It's smokin' hot.

Bucket of noodles, anyone?

Bucket of noodles, anyone?

A splash of color.

A splash of color.

Noodles for lunch?

Noodles for lunch?

Market Day.

Market Day.

Keeping an eye on the boat.

Keeping an eye on the boat.

Traffic.

Traffic.

You have to get here early to get a good parking space.

You have to get here early to get a good parking space.

No filter.

No filter.

Pagoda or "Paya" in Burmese.

Pagoda or "Paya" in Burmese.

The tomato seller. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

The tomato seller. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

The barber. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

The barber. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Boats at the market in Inle Lake. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Boats at the market in Inle Lake. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Is that a mirage in the distance? *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Is that a mirage in the distance? *Photo by Jean Leitner.

The smoke break.

The smoke break.

The Intha people are famous for weaving cloth.

The Intha people are famous for weaving cloth.

It doesn't matter what country you come from...laundry sucks.

It doesn't matter what country you come from...laundry sucks.

Home, sweet, home.

Home, sweet, home.

Jean in the public bathroom.

Jean in the public bathroom.

The weaver. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

The weaver. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

The view. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

The view. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

A house of sticks. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

A house of sticks. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Thaingi comes out of the bathroom. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Thaingi comes out of the bathroom. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Exploring the village. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Exploring the village. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Pagoda. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Pagoda. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Kids. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Kids. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

A morning paddle.

A morning paddle.

Petite paddlers.

Petite paddlers.

Children in the morning light.

Children in the morning light.

A freindly wave is understood in any language.

A freindly wave is understood in any language.

Gold.

Gold.

Going for a ride.

Going for a ride.

Jean is perhaps the tallest woman in Myanmar.

Jean is perhaps the tallest woman in Myanmar.

Hello!

Hello!

Paddling through Inle Lake.

Paddling through Inle Lake.

There are many reasons why people say the Intha people paddle with their legs (instead of with their arms.)

There are many reasons why people say the Intha people paddle with their legs (instead of with their arms.)

Some people say the Intha people paddle with their legs so they can keep their hands free to fish.

Some people say the Intha people paddle with their legs so they can keep their hands free to fish.

Others say the Intha paddle with their legs because they need to keep their thigh muscles strong.  (They live on a lake, so they don't get to walk much!)

Others say the Intha paddle with their legs because they need to keep their thigh muscles strong. (They live on a lake, so they don't get to walk much!)

Families that paddle together, stay together.

Families that paddle together, stay together.

Inle Lake is about 14 miles long and 7 miles wide.

Inle Lake is about 14 miles long and 7 miles wide.

Inle Lake, located in the Shan State, is the 2nd largest lake in Myanmar.

Inle Lake, located in the Shan State, is the 2nd largest lake in Myanmar.

We stayed at the Golden Island Cottages in the township of Nyaungshwe.

We stayed at the Golden Island Cottages in the township of Nyaungshwe.

An American-sized hug.

An American-sized hug.

Water-front cottages on Inle Lake.

Water-front cottages on Inle Lake.

Jean, my best-friend since age 9.

Jean, my best-friend since age 9.

My Aunt Lynda and Thaingi.

My Aunt Lynda and Thaingi.

Sunset at Inle Lake.

Sunset at Inle Lake.

Not a ripple in the lake.

Not a ripple in the lake.

Coming home.

Coming home.

Cherie and Jean.

Cherie and Jean.

Lynda and Thaingi.

Lynda and Thaingi.

Life on Inle Lake.

Life on Inle Lake.