August 18, 2016

Traditional earthen monk alms bowl manufacturing likely to fade away

Traditional earthen alms bowls. Photo: Teintaman
Traditional earthen alms bowls. Photo: Teintaman

THE manufacturing of traditional earthen alms bowl seems to be fading away due to the promoting and replacing of high technology devices.
People in BawngdawNaingngan village, Amarapura Township, Mandalay Region, have made their livings for centuries by producing traditional earthen hand-made alms bowls to be purchased by Buddhists and donated to monks.
Currently only one family remains in the crafting industry of traditional monk begging (alms) bowls due to a low demand and the replacing of fibre and steel alms bows.
And only two markets in Pakokku and Nyaung Oo Township are available for making the earthen monk alms bowl.—Teintaman


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