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Picture taken in the area of Inle Lake. This gentleman is happily posing for tourists - who want to take photos - expecting some small payment in return. I guess that he can make more money giving such performance, than focusing on fishing.

Local fishermen are known for practicing a distinctive rowing style which involves standing at the stern on one leg and wrapping the other leg around the oar. This unique style evolved for the reason that the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants making it difficult to see above them while sitting. Standing provides the rower with a view beyond the reeds. However, the leg rowing style is only practiced by the men. Women row in the customary style, using the oar with their hands, sitting cross legged at the stern.

source: wikipedia.org

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