Fishermen ‘leg rowing’ in Myanmar

Fishermen on Inle Lake in Myanmar (formerly Burma) have acquired an ingenious way of manoeuvring across the water. They balance on one leg and wrap the other around an oar which they use to paddle. They demonstrate great control, often rowing through thick vegetation, and the technique leaves a hand free to collect nets and other implements.

Intha leg rowing fishermen at dawn on Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma), Asia

(Photos above and below: Lee Frost/Robert Harding)

Intha leg rowing fishermen at sunset, Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma), Asia

The fishermen work together using nets on conical frames to trap fish on the bottom of the shallow lake (Gavin Hellier/Robert Harding)

Intha Fishermen, Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

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  1. January 2, 2014

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