Photographer's Note

Something to smoke now? then you can't avoid the burmese cheroot, green tobacco leaves wrapped around a mix of tobacco and small pieces of wood, tamarind or whatever... choose your size.

I even found a Mandalay supermarket selling chocolate or strawberry flavored cheroots, a pack of 5 for 5 US cents, hardly even the price of its sticker and its plastic container.

Burmese people say cheroots are less hazardous than pure tobacco.. hmmmh... anyway it certainly depends on the cheroot size and smoking frequency. As you may not clearly see the old cowherder woman was smoking the king size, otherwise called in other cultures a "Fidel" sized spliff (muy elegante para los machos...).

I was wondering about the use of the tin can in which she concealed the burning part of the cheroot and yet was ready to laugh at in comparison to the vastness of the natural ashtray also called a ploughed field... I had to take my wrong deductions back when I was informed (thanks to Ye's translation who btw was also taking the tin prop lightmindedly) that the bigger cheroots are likely to produce burning incandescent parts of wood which would easily burn and ruin their clothes... their point made!

Anyway the real smoker elegance in this world doesn't lie in their smoking apparatus but in more general details such as posing in front of a XIIIth century pagoda, for instance.

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