Rangoon – jasmine blossom salesman with thanaka face powder


Jasmin blossom salesman with thanaka – downtown Yangon ©Jason Florio


I have not been back to Yangon/Rangoon, Myanmar/Burma since 1998 when I rolled through with gonzo journo extraordinaire Pepe Escobar – great to see the upgrades, but wonderful to see the use of thanaka (a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark) has not been crushed under the wheels of modernity.

Jason Florio

Oct 23, 2015 – in Rangoon, on route to Sitwee, via Chittagong #Rohingya



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