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Before you sense an early morning light touching the closed eyes, before you feel a fresh chill coming through the nostrils, a twitter of hundreds birds sneak into the dreams… and lead you to the reality, where borders between the tangible world and a myth fade like a green line under your window disappears in a mist inches away...

Ranges of mountain embrace the lake on three sides, creating an illusion of the mist being hold in their arms. It slips away when the Sun gets higher in the sky. Then the largest lake of Myanmar reveals itself, stretching its 16 miles from north to south and 7 miles from east to west… 215 sq miles of legends.

So far, no scientific investigation has been carried out on the geological origin of the region. All gathered information is plated with myth. The legend, written below, is based on studying paintings in shrines around the lake and on conversations with local people.

A great town Si Khun once existed in these lands... Its golden pagodas spire to the sky; gorgeous houses with elaborate carving were bordering wide streets... The lands around were fertile and the waters generous; thousands of families were happily living there... Singing and laughs could be heard all over the place... One day, as children were playing near a river, they found big eggs hidden in the grass. The children ate them, not knowing that the eggs had been laid by Dragon Queen… The birds suddenly stopped singing that day, the world went quiet...

When the sun went down behind the mountains, leaving the clouds in gold, The Spirit on Pegasus descended from the sky to warn of Dragon Queen being put into rage and of a coming deluge, her retribution. The people wanted neither to believe him nor to leave their homes. Only one family, with hearts full of sorrow, went high hills. As the people turned back, they saw thousands of fountains erecting out from the earth, taking away everything they loved so much...

Then the waters became calm and birds started to sing again, the family came down to the lake, which was now hiding their home in its depth. They stayed there and built shrines for spirits, asking for indulgence. The spirits were kind to them and since these aforetimes they guard the people of Indawgyi.

If you listen carefully on a quiet night, you can hear dogs barking, singing and laughs coming from the depth of waters... As if the city was still alive... but it may be only sound waves from other villages that freely glide above the expand waters...

The hidden behind the legend cause of the inundation is left to speculation. But it is seemed to shape today's landscape.

An unusual fact about this lake is that during summertime, fish float onto its surface. The villagers collect it to a meal. The explanation is the birds dropping into the water chunks of bark that fishes pick. Some believe the fish to be provided by spirits.

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Photo taken in Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, Lone Ton, Republic of the Union of Myanmar

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  • Uploaded on December 12, 2012
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    by nowintoforever
    • Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
    • Taken on 2011/02/03 16:57:20
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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