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Thanaka a national identity of Myanmar

Posted by rod - 13.11.2013

Thanaka a national identity of Myanmar

Below are a few personal photos of my travels around Myanmar (Burma), where I discovered one of the countries national identities called Thanaka. Already on my first day in Mandalay (Myanmar) I noticed that many of the woman and children and even some men had a yellowish past smeared on their faces. After asking a few people about the past I’ve learned that it was called Thanaka and that it has been used by Burmese women for over 2000 years. Every day, after taking a bath, women, children an some men apply Thanaka on their faces and sometimes their arms. Thanaka is a yellowish-white past made from ground bark from several trees that grow in central Myanmar. The distinctive feature of Myanmar has several purposes. It is used as a cosmetic that makes woman more beautiful and has a slight fragrant scent similar to sandalwood. But it also gives a cooling sensation and provides protection from sunburn. According to wikipedia people also believe it helps remove acne and promotes smooth skin.

Usually the most common form of applying the creamy past onto your skin is in the form of a circular patch or strips. But more lavish designs such as floral or leaf-shaped motifs are also painted onto cheeks. Thanaka is definitely a versatile cosmetic and one of Myanmars treasures.

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