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.