A Dying Breed

A Dying Breed
As Myanmar modernizes and loses its culture, these pony-carts become more rare to see. In 2001, when I first came here, they were common to see. Now, I think I have seen this two or three times in Pa-Auk over the past two years. I remember the American monk who told me about Burma in 1999, when I was just starting my journey, and still in the continental USA.
He said, "It is like no other country…They still use ox-carts!"

They do still have ox-carts, but they are rare to see these days compared to 2001, which does not seem so long ago. Today, the homemade Myanmar diesel haulers are favored over the traditional bull.


Article by Bhikkhu Subhuti

Bhikkhu Subhuti is an American Buddhist Monk with roots in both Sri Lanka and Myanmar Forest Traditions. He currently resides in Myanmar but his heart sometimes floats back to Kauai, HI where he spent six months in 2015.