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The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma

Fishermen of Inle Lake (post 4 of 7)

Inle, or Intha, is the second largest lake in Myanmar It is listed in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, being added to the list in 2015.  The lake is also home to over twenty species of snails and nine species of fish that are unique to the lake, not being found anywhere else in the world.  Local fishermen are known for practicing a distinctive rowing style which involves standing at the stern on one leg and wrapping the other leg around the oar. This unique style evolved as the lake is being covered by reeds and floating plants made it difficult to see above them while sitting. Standing provides the rower with a view beyond the reeds.  It is also now one of the major tourist draws on the Lake.  A number of fishermen have taken to exploiting this by hanging around the entrance to the lake posing for dollars rather than actually fishing. This has given the fishermen and the lakes a bad name with some and is in danger of destroying the authenticity of the lakes in general. Travel further into the lakes and you can witness fishermen fishing in this traditional style for real and without the request for dollars. Yopu will also witness another popular techniques requring the fishermen to work in teams. This involves one hitting/slapping the water  the water and therby driving the fish into nets held by the others. Whatever the technique there is a grace and poise to these mens movements as they go about their fishing. All of my featured pictures in this blog post were taken without payment, and are of fishermen genuinely going about their business of fishing. The best time of the year to visit is during September and October

 

The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma by David Keegan 2015 (1)

The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma by David Keegan 2015 (2)

The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma by David Keegan 2015 (3)

The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma by David Keegan 2015 (4)

The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma by David Keegan 2015 (5)

The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma by David Keegan 2015 (6)

The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma by David Keegan 2015 (7)

The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma by David Keegan 2015 (8)

The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma by David Keegan 2015 (9)

The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma by David Keegan 2015 (10)

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The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma by David Keegan 2015 (12)

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The Fishermen of Inle Lake, Burma by David Keegan 2015 (14)

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Annie B
    June 30, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Such beautiful photos. These portray beautifully the way of life within this community.

    • Reply
      DKTravelPix
      June 30, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      Hi thank you for stopping by and glad you like the pictures. I guess its easy to get great shots when you have such a stunning location 🙂

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