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    Posted September 13, 2012 by
    Inle Lake, Myanmar
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    Burmese Leg Spinners


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     TheNYBureau captured these photos of leg spinners on Inle Lake in Myanmar, where they use their leg to propel canoes as a means of paddling. "It has been passed down for hundreds of years as a more practical way to maneuver canoes while fishing and traveling long distances," he says. "It is very interesting and beautiful to watch as it takes incredible balance and coordination. The Inle Lake region is a must-see part of this gorgeous country." The second image was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for October 17, 2013.
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    Thousands of Burmese villagers live in the Inle Lake area of Burma. The tri-lake system is the lifeblood for the entire area and is an endless maze of canals, stilt-based villages and floating gardens. For thousands of years, the Burmese have practised a unique form of paddling their hand-built canoes, called 'leg-spinning'. This method transfers the brunt of the labour to the stronger lower body and frees up the hands and arms for fishing and casting nets. It is of note that Inle Lake is the only place in the world that leg-spinning exists. Children begin spinning at a very young age as they can travel much faster using their leg strength. Here are ten of my images of this unique, fascinating craft. Grant

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