Notes on the Geography of Laos: Mekongside: Ban Thanoun
Ban Thanoun lies on the right bank of the river, downstream from Pak Beng.
Walking circumspectly around the cluster of houses whose barren site contrasts with the surrounding forest.
Not quite deserted: women and children walk by.
Barnyard and crude fencing.
Chanting could be heard coming from inside this house.
Inside, children sit and watch a shaman attempt a cure.
The chanter was the man standing with his back to the room.
Over in another corner, a pannier is filled with corn--an American domesticate of course but one that's found its way here.
Pounding kernals to meal.
In the midst of "underdevelopment," a virtuoso display of roofing technique.
Detail of the lashings.
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