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Lake Inle - Inthas on the water

(The Intha, who may also be known as Ang-has or Dawe, live around Lake Inle (also known as Yawng Hwe Lake) in southern Shan State.)

The Intha are believed to have migrated to the Lake Inle area of Shan State from the Tavoy region of southern Burma and their own accounts tell of them being brought to the Inle Lake are in 1353 by a Burmese prince. The Inthas are famous for their very individual rowing technique of standing up holding a long paddle in one hand and their leg wrapped around the paddle lower down. This leaves them free to use the other hand for manipulating their conical net for fishing in the shallow waters of the lake. They also engage in growing vegetables and flowers which are planted in floating gardens unique to the area. The Inthas are also expert weavers. See Lake Inle - Intha weaving.

Lake Inle is a magical place which takes on very many moods as the weather and light change. It is around 22km long and 11km wide and 1328 above sea level. Its calm waters are surrounded by high hills on both sides and dotted with islands, floating vegetation and fishing boats. There are 17 stilted villages on the lakeshore and islands mostly inhabited by the Inthas. The whole lake is part of the township of Nyaungshwe with a population of around 126,000 consisting of Intha, Shan, Taungthu, Taungyo, Pa-O, Danu, Kayah, Danaw and Burman people.

The photos for this photogallery were taken between 6-9 September 1998. (Also see Pa'O - Lake Inle and Nga Phe Kyaung monastery.)

all text & images Pamela A Cross

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to Jpeg 31K 9809O25 Looking across the hills running alongside the lake, Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 36K  9809S04 Intha boatman on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 42K 9809P26  Intha boatman in the evening on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 48K 9809P25  Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 43K 9809P30  Inthas paddling in the evening with their boat loaded with firewood. Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 35K 9809P19  Rain storm over Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 42K 9809R19  Intha fisherman in the evening on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 45K 9809R20  Intha boatman leg-rowing in the evening rain, Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 36K 9809R22 Inthas on the Lake Inle, Shan State in the evening rain.
to Jpeg 57K 9809P31 Intha boatman leg-rowing on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 44K 9809P27 Intha boatman leg-rowing in the evening light on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 40K 9809P35 Intha leg-rower on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 41K 9809Q07 Intha fisherman on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 39K 9809Q09 Intha fisherman leg-rowing on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 39K 9809Q10 Intha fishing net onLake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 48K 9809S07 Intha leg-rower on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 46K 9809S05 Intha leg-rower on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 48K 9809S09 Intha leg-rower on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 56K 9809Q01 Floating gardens on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 35K 9809Q20 Floating gardens on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 49 K 9809Q21 An Intha couple rowing through the floating gardens on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 64K 9809P21 After the storm has passed on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 39K 9809Q36 Stilted Intha houses on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 38K 9809R09 Intha houses near Ywama (with weaving looms under the house) Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 39K 9809R23 Floating market at Ywama, Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 48K 9809R28 Floating market at Ywama, Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 51K 9809R24 Selling firewood at the floating market at Ywama, Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 45K 9809R27 Elderly lady at the floating market at Ywama, Lake Inle, Shan State.
to Jpeg 39K 9809R32 Boatman at Ywama floating market, Lake Inle, Shan State. Note the tatoo on his lower leg.
to Jpeg 41K 9809R29 Produce and firewood in the boat at Ywama floating market, Lake Inle, Shan State.

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