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Field of Monks

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Okay, these photos weren’t taken at a real field, at least not a plush expanse of fertile green land with crops growing and weeds sprouting. Instead, this was the dusty playground outside the primary school in Shan State’s Tat Ein village. In retrospect — with apologies to Paul Simon — maybe I should have titled the post: “Me and Htun Pyu Down by the School Yard.”

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Classes were already finished for the day, and the novice monks were making the most of their free time, flying kites and running around when I cycled up the hill late in the afternoon. But I didn’t show up empty-handed. I brought them a shiny new football, which only ramped up their energy level and enthusiasm even more. And as usual, once I took the camera out of my bag, the endless request for photos began. Here are the happy results!

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