A Letter to our Readers
The rainy season of May to September has washed away the heat and dust
of summer, and left the country sparkling with fresh greenery.
For this new season we at Enchanting Myanmar are happy to present a
good selection of articles, such as on the wild orchids found near ice
mountains by our contributor U Kyaw Nyunt, who would gladly brave ice
and snow or wild jungles to search for his beloved blooms.
Then, our chief editor U Hpone Thant tells us about the Chindwin River,
often over-shadowed by the Ayeyarwaddy, but no less beauti- ful or important.
The article states the river's place in history. The surrounding area
also played important parts from King Alaungpaya's days in the 18th
century to the time of World War II.
Another new writer has joined our ranks, Terence Tan, whose deep interest
1n Pyu era artifacts and coins benefits us greatly when he writes about
the intriguing and rare gold beads in the shape of dice.
The carving of traditional marionettes is presented by Ma Thanegi.
To round up the diverse array of subjects we tell you of a pagoda festival
in Bagan with rituals vastly different from celebrations at any other
pagoda in the country.