All manner of goods carried on the head are sold to passengers of the ferry that continually crosses between Yangon and the small village of Dala in Myanmar. In addition to this watermelon, I saw vendors with giant stacks of oranges, baskets of steamed pigeon eggs, trays of candy and cigarettes, and much much more, all of which were balanced on their heads. So proficient are they at carrying goods in this manner that they can go up and down stairs, squat, and even hold long, gossipy conversations with their peers without the slightest difficulty. In most cases, these traveling salespersons don’t even use a hand to steady their loads. This was just one of many magical sights seen during my Myanmar Explorer Cruise/Tour with Viking River Cruises.
5 thoughts on “PHOTO: Goods Carried on the Head, A Common Sight in Myanmar”
Great photo. A beautiful insight to the culture in Myanmar.
So incredible I don’t understand how she can put that on her head
I’m with you, Izy. I’d be lucky to take two steps without it crashing to the ground.
What I find fascinating is how the triangular shape on this person’s left cheek complements the shape of the wedges on top of their head. I’d suppose you have an entire series of shots with people carrying various types of loads.
Loved reading your comment Henry – hadn’t even noticed the relationship between the Thanakha paste design and the watermelon slices until you pointed it out. Thanks for that.