Samstag, 12. Mai 2012

Market women in Ban Lung

Market women in Ban Lung
© Eike-Christian Heine
Frogs get their heads chopped off. Vegetables are being watered. Worn banknotes are handed over piles of fresh fruit and dried fish. Meat gets cut. The sound of sharp blades cutting flesh and hitting wood mingles with chattering and haggling.

Amidst it all sit the market women of Ban Lung. Waiting for buyers. Daydreaming. Chattering. Between all this food. One could think, they are a commodity themselves. Or are they icons of an economy that still runs completely without supermarkets, the big chains and price tags? Icons of an economy that started with the first towns and supplied them throughout most of human history?

Both views are a bid superficial, because these women are neither icons and nor lessons in history. They are strong and they earn their living.

Still, some things i might never get used to. I feel uncomfortable to bargain over the prize of products like deodorant, shampoo or toothpaste. 

Market women in Ban Lung
© Eike-Christian Heine
Market women in Ban Lung
© Eike-Christian Heine
Market women in Ban Lung
© Eike-Christian Heine
Market women in Ban Lung
© Eike-Christian Heine 
Market women in Ban Lung
© Eike-Christian Heine
Market women in Ban Lung
© Eike-Christian Heine
Market women in Ban Lung
© Eike-Christian Heine
Market women in Ban Lung
© Eike-Christian Heine

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