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Evening at Shwedagon Pagoda in Burma, photo by Christopher Bartlett
In the assessment of no less than Rudyard Kipling, the south Asian nation that—these days—is referred to as Myanmar has long been unique in the world: “Then golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon, a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple-spirit. It stood upon a green knoll, and below it were lines of warehouses, sheds, and mills.”