• Aerial view of Luang Prabang

    Aerial view of Luang Prabang. Note Mount Phou Sy (Phousy, Phou Si) with stupa on top and the royal palace on the center-left. The Nam Khan River is on the right and the Mekong River runs horizontally…

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  • Lao New Year

    Minor palace officials and village leaders proceeding within the Royal Palace grounds, with a national flag banner in the foreground, to pay their respects to the King prior to the Phra Bang's New Yea…

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  • Lao New Year

    Wat Xieng Thong's Chapel of the Funeral Chariot houses King Sisavang Vong's hearse. The father of King Savang Vatthana, he died in 1959.

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  • Air view--swidden fields

    These blackened fields would have been prepared for planting very recently before the photo was taken. The image also shows fields in various stages of the cultivation cycle--some being newly cleared…

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  • Pounding rice, Laos

    Newly harvested rice is pounded using this large mortar and pestle in order to separate the rice from the husk.

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  • Military airplanes

    Lao Air Force T-28 fighter planes at Luang Prabang airport with mountains in the background. Site: L-54, Coordinates: TH 0302

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  • Reflections in paddy fields

    Not much human attention is required once rice has been planted, other than protecting it from theft and predation.

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  • Lao New Year

    Close-up of the left-side window, with gold carving, of Wat Xieng Thong's Chapel of the Funeral Chariot housing King Sisavang Vong's hearse.

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  • Hmong (Meo) and Inspector of Education with calendar

    The Lao Inspector of Education from Luang Prabang Province shows Shue Long Vang (Swm Looj Vaj), an interpreter (wearing a khaki shirt), and White Hmong villagers in Kiu Katiam a Laotian calendar. This…

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  • Kammu (Khmu') villagers all dressed up

    It is possible that these villagers might have been dressed up for Halpern's visit, since he and Luang Prabang officials had come to talk about aid projects. Since the Kammu do not do weaving themselv…

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  • Lao New Year

    Wat Chom Si on top of Phou Si, the highest point in Luang Phrabang.

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  • Pirogues à moteur

    These laypeople are making a religious pilgrimage to Pak Ou for Lao New Year. Anthropologists have argued that religious pilgrimage removes people from mundane daily existence. However, evidence from…

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  • Village

    Aerial view of a village on a mountain ridgeline. Site: LS-169, Coordinates: TJ 3307

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  • Refugee huts

    Refugee huts at Muong Hiem. Site: LS-48A, Coordinates: UH 3020

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  • Across the Khan Khao

    Even in sparsely populated areas of Laos, the presence of coconut palms points out current or former human habitation.

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  • Phetsarath trip: houses--laundry drying

    In Lao belief, if a woman's underpants were washed with a man's clothes, it would give the man a headache and perhaps even make him ill. This stems from a belief that women are less pure than men.

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  • Lao New Year

    Procession of young Lao girls, shading themselves with colorful umbrellas, preparing to lead a "tiger" float to Wat Xieng Thong, with national flag banners and a small flag along the street.

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  • Lao woman

    Close-up of a Lao woman posing for a photo in the village. Site: LS-225, Coordinates: TH 7963

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  • Lao house type

    Note how the roof on the right side of this house slopes down to cover the veranda.

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  • Lao woman and child

    Children in Laos are usually indulged whenever they want to be picked up. This contrasts with how children are sometimes raised in the West. The single storied building in the background indicates tha…

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