Pindaya cave is deep.

Pindaya cave This site is amazing. There are stories that say this cave is really old but the earliest the cave can really be dated is in the early 1800s. It seems like a place where hermits would hole up and become enlightened since the dawn of time but no… it is not that old.

The day we were there I was saved by this group of girl and boy scouts of some kind or another. Their colorful outfits and exploration of the caves with their cell phones seemed to bring the place to life. I couldn’t believe my luck when we entered, explored and exited all at the same time! I am really looking forward to seeing my 120 mm film of these kids as I want pictures that say this is a  “modern Myanmar”.

The cave Buddhas all seem to have plaques under them, but the language is mostly in Burmese, so it is hard to tell… I am reminded of the voice of the cable TV in Asia that says “Brought to you in association with…” or perhaps the halls of Mout Sinai Hospital in Miami that are covered with plaques that state the names of the donors to the hospital, copper plates of various sizes based one would assume on the size of the donation. So it seems in the Pindaya cave that people and organizations and religions from all over the world are working on their merit by sponsoring new and improved Buddha images in the cave.

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There is a modern elevator saving lots of steps.

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The boys ran up the stairs but took the elevator down. A thrill and a new experienced based on many of their faces during the ride.

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The stalactite had water dripping down and many of the pilgrims would touch the water and then bring the water to the crown of their head, face or heart. I thought well, why not, what can it hurt, and I followed in their footsteps hoping for all things that are good.

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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.