Sule Pagoda – it is really really old!

In Myanmar every pagoda has these same rules or guidelines: No socks, no shoes, no spaghetti blouse and no short pants.

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Of course we visited both Sule Pagoda and Schwedagon Pagodas. Sule is older – estimated at over 2500 years in development, and it is so small compared to Schwedagon. After a decade of development it seemed unchanged since our last visit. Yet, it is in constant upgrade.

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At the base of the stairs was a pile of what our driver calls, the old and dirty parts of the temple. I was channeling “American Pickers” as I admired the pile of old wooden temple parts in a heap of what seemed to be garbage. The way that the temples are being renewed is with ornamentation made of metal rather than the traditional wood or plaster. Roy felt that he was ready to jump in the pile to find the pieces that would make the best souvenirs ever.

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Sule’s single spire is closed in by the city which surround it’s walls, so because of it’s central location it has been the gathering place for most all of the political activities over the years.

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There is a minimum for sending a donation and prayers to the top of the pagoda. I am praying for a strengthening of the democratic process in Myanmar… send that to the top please!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.