I met this lady in the early morning as she was going to the temple for prayers. She seemed very fit and happy. She lived alone in a wooden house or the edge of the forest. She told me that she was 76 years old and still a virgin. I asked her why (thinking that there might be some religious reason) because this seemed a strange thing to say to a stranger. She said that she didn’t know why. Nobody had ever wanted to marry her. She said that she supposed that she had never been beautiful. I told her that she was very beautiful and I was sure she always had been beautiful and I took her picture. She smiled and went on her way. So I post this picture as a tribute to Khun Kenokwan, 76 and still beautiful.
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Rodebert (161) 2005-04-21 12:36
Nice photo, but the face is a bit in the shade.
andrebonavita (0) 2005-04-21 12:49
I don't know about her, but the dogs in the back looks very excited.
Emile (20350) 2005-04-21 13:36
Nice portrait, very well captured.
Excellent sharpness and composition.
Paker (2650) 2005-04-21 13:41
Nice looking 76 year old woman! Maybe the virginity keeps her younger.
thanks for showing.
kinginexile (2598) 2005-04-21 14:52
Nice story, kevin, quite unusual for a rural woman, not to get married, but at the same time, she got spared dealing with the notoriously philandering thai hubbies.
gren4 (603) 2005-04-24 14:21
I am drawn to this photo again and again.It looks as though she is demanding my attention I think because she is so close to the lens and has made an effort to turn her head as she is passing by.Also I think your note struck a cord with my own travel experiences.Contrary to many populist view of thai people this seems to be not uncommen.Rural villages tend to be quite strict about no sex before marriage or at least these things are looked on shamefully by village folk and gossip will reflect badly on your family so secrecy must be well exercised.Several times my wife told me about people she knew that were still unmarried and so still virgins.The closer you get to big citys and modern standards these ideas erode.Also the view that we see and tend to remember is largely brought about by poverty and desperation.Usually they have to support there parents who may be sick and unable to work as they age.