Throughout Myanmar, early morning is the time to see monks collecting food and donations for the day.
Just after dawn we visited a Bagan monastery to ask permission to take pictures of the monks preparing for their morning walk.
This was a particularly large monastery and the monks separated into two groups of approximately thirty each, to cover different parts of the town. Our group walked to the township, while the other went by bus to a remote location. In this assembly of young and old monks, there was a sense of anticipation in the air. For some of the younger monks, there was even quiet levity and excitement.
Soon enough though everyone settled down. After a solemn prayer they fell into line and walked briskly into town.
I say ‘briskly’ because it was pretty much impossible for us to keep pace and take pictures. We had to hustle into…
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