Mandalay Mingun

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A bucolic scene.  I have never used that word in print before but it seems just right for this image.

Here we are - about to take our ox cart ride.  Colin has just stepped in what can be politely called a bucolic pile and is wondering what to do with his shoe.  

The ride was short, probably just a well with three well fed foreigners aboard.

Traditional marionettes awaiting new homes on the other side of the world.  I bought Nat and Angel puppets at the marionette theatre but regret not picking up some of these rather fine gentlemen too.  The price was $2US.

Here hangs the Mingun Bell, at 87 tons and standing more than 12 feet high it's the largest intact bell in the world.  Commissioned by Bodawpaya  in 1790, the largest bell in the world befitting what was to be the largest pagoda in the world, remains an amazing feat of casting.

And hereby hangs a tale:  To prevent there being a bell to rival it in size, Bodawpaya ordered its creator to be executed.

As long as the bell hangs in Mingun there will be a little boy to demonstrate it's mighty ring.  If he can persuade you to crawl inside, so much the better, you have been warned!

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