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Notes on the Geography of Laos: Mekongside: Ban Thanoun

Ban Thanoun lies on the right bank of the river, downstream from Pak Beng.

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Walking circumspectly around the cluster of houses whose barren site contrasts with the surrounding forest.

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Not quite deserted: women and children walk by.

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Mystery object.

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Barnyard and crude fencing.

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Chanting could be heard coming from inside this house.

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Inside, children sit and watch a shaman attempt a cure.

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The chanter was the man standing with his back to the room.

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Over in another corner, a pannier is filled with corn--an American domesticate of course but one that's found its way here.

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Pounding kernals to meal.

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In the midst of "underdevelopment," a virtuoso display of roofing technique.

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Detail of the lashings.


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