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2012 / 11月

文‧林欣靜 圖‧莊坤儒



走在仰光街頭,

無論專注或木然、歡顏或難以捉摸,

 

多樣面貌的臉龐皆綻放著「金色」光芒,

每每吸引著旅人的目光,

 

其實這是一種取自天然香木的傳統化粧品,

溫柔卻絕不屈服地對抗無孔不入的毒辣豔陽,

一如他們聞名於世的非暴力民主歷程……

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Faces of Myanmar

Lin Hsin-ching /photos courtesy of Chuang Kung-ju /tr. by Phil Newell


Walking on the streets of Yangon,

all the faces you see—whether in concentration,

 

daydreaming, happy, or hard to read—have a “golden” luster.

Each and every one is a wonder to the passing traveler.

 

In fact the coloration is a traditional cosmetic,

called thanaka, derived from the wood of various trees,

including the thanaka tree, and having a fragrance like sandalwood.

It gently but indomitably resists the oppressively intense rays of the sun, not unlike this land’s non-violent revolution, that has become known around the world.

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