Exotic Myanmar

A rare wild cat (seen at the top) is seen displayed with other parts of wild animals for sale at the traditional medicine shop at the sprawling grounds of Golden Rock pagoda in Mount Kyaikhteeyoe surrounded by souvenir shops, restaurants and monastery located in Mon State, a major religious pilgrimage site for Myanmar’s Buddhist. Under the shadow of Myanmar’s famed ‘Golden Rock’ punters haggle for the latest traditional medicine cure — slices of skin from the country’s fast disappearing wild elephants sold for a few dollars a square inch. A maze of shops sell everything from pieces of ivory and tiger’s teeth to vials of bear oil. Vendors claim elephant skin can cure skin diseases like eczema.  — AFP