- The author after Burmese boys gently daubed him with clay during Thyingan, a chaotic water festival.
- A signboard in the country's biggest templeShwedagonlocated in Rangoon.
- Novice monks at Shwedagon look at the gold-leaf pagoda through binoculars, perhaps for the first time.
- Mandalay's Royal Palace doubles as a military barracks.
- Nuns at the Royal Palace have lesser status than monks, but can still receive education, aims, and respect.
- Monks at Samsara University take a class on traditional medicine.
- A monk at the Pakoku templehome to the launchers of the pro-democracy Saffron Revolutionadjusts a tiger pelt.
- Lu Zaw, a member of the Moustache Brothers comedy troupe in Mandalay, plays the fool.
- Banned from performing in public, the Moustache Brothers use their living room for satirical routines.
- More than 2,000 Buddhist shrines, temples, monuments, and libraries stand at Bagan in central Burma.
- Bagan, like the rest of Burma, receives few visitors.
- San Zarni-Bo, one of Burma's best-known palm readers, predicted the author would be lucky on May 1.
- A boat floats on the Irrawaddy River. The majority of deaths caused by Cyclone Nargis occurred in the river's delta.
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