This is the place where we eat on a regular basis. It looks basic,
and it is
basic, but it's good, safe and cheap.
We took our friend Simon there, but judging by his review
he prefers higher end restos..?
Kholams are drawings made with powdered chalk and sometimes red earth. On rare
special occasions (like the Pongal festival here), bright colours are used too.
Originally rice flower was used. It was a way of making a pacts with the ants,
so that they would eat outside of the house and not go inside.
The front of the house is brushed and water sprinkled on the surface, then the
kholam is drawn by sprinkling the powder with the fingers.
I'm not sure what the ladies are doing by the sea. They suddenly all walked from
the villaged and washed their hands and sprinkled water over their hair. A few
minutes before, we were in the village, where there was a funeral held in front
of a house: the men sat around while the women wailed in front of the body,
under a dais in front of the house. It could be that these are the same ladies.
The night before, a cremation was held right in front of our hut in the holiday
resort, because it is an ancient ground that is still in use.
I'm finally getting to write a little about my trip to Burma back in March! It's
really nice to go through the pictures again. This is a nat on top of a shrine, at Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon. There's a shameless link to my blog left.