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- "Look mum, he's pink and shiny."

Well, that terrible kid was aiming at me. I understood that at 42°C under a palm leaves roof, I probably turn pink and shiny, which looks incredible for this little kid.

We are two hours drive from Kyaing Tung, in the Golden Triangle in Burma, close to the Thai and Chinese border. We are 1,600m high in the hills and jungle in an Akha village called Nonsheng, not too far from the Pin Tauk waterfalls.

This Akha tribe is interesting for its silver-made hat. They believe that their soul may be stolen so they protect it with that huge silver helmet which cover the whole head and a part of the back. This helmet surrounded by many tissue layers.

I understood one can meet similar communities in Thailand. Normally animists, the entrance of their village is marked with "Lankang", large gates (2m high) showing carved birds, swords and star-shaped charms. There is also a carved man on one side and a carved woman on the other side.

The people of this tribe were extremely kind. They stopped around us, just to show us their kids and having a look at that funny shiny pink french guy :)

That Akha woman invited us in her large wood house for a green tea and the big boy here was really glad to meet us. He also spent some time trying the steal a piece of silver in her hat which was keeping the helmet in place.

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Additional Photos by Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 551 W: 273 N: 1552] (9271)
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