Photographer's Note

I could have called this photo "A Mesmerizing Encounter"...

I was visiting a small and remote temple outside the tourist circuit in Bagan, when I saw an old monk sitting alone on a stone wall and I approached him to chat a little, presuming he was quite lonesome.

Through the discussion, he let me know that he was living by himself for many years, and as I was manifesting my curiosity, he invited me to his place.

What a surprise to visit his tiny house where he was secluded, devoting his life to praying and... manipulating puppets! As he made me promise that I would keep the secret, he told me that his father was a master puppeteer, and although he wasn't supposed to entertain himself as a monk, he was cultivating this art form received from his father.

It was enchanting to see how his face lit up with childlike enthusiasm as he executed himself while putting on a show just for me!

Meeting this very old monk who kept his skill and hobby as a secret from the others became a highlight of this trip, as I felt privileged to meet such a singular and special person.

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