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U Lo-Akha boys at the gate to a village up in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812p11.jpg
U Lo-Akha boys at the gate to a village up in the hills around Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand.  Behind the boys to the left is the gate and to the right is the swing.  They are singing a welcome accompanied by an old playing his gourd and bamboo pipes.  The gates to the village are very important to the Akha and are deemed sacred. The gates are usually on the path at the highest part of the village and are renewed each year. There is an annual swing festival in which the boys of the village take part. 
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