Back cover of the printed issue (trees)



Notes on the Photos of the back cover


All the trees grow in the Bulsa area, though some of them were imported by the colonial powers.


Names (by rows from left to right):

1st row: mangook, mango tree... fig tree (Ficus gnaphalocarpa); zaaung, thorn tree, acacia tree

2nd row: pusik, tamarind tree; tuik, baobab tree (Adansonia digitata); gong, (young) kapok tree, silk-cotton tree (Ceiba pentandra)

3rd row: vuoom, red-flowered kapok or silk-cotton tree (see blossom below)

4th row: mumulik, coral flowers, parrot tree, red fence tree, coral tree, dawa-dawa tree, locust bean tree (Parkia biglobosa)

5th row: zaaung (in rainy season; see above); kpingkparuk, borassus palm tree, palmyra palm tik, teak tree (Tectona grandis): imported

Legends about trees: When God created all the trees, the baobab tree (tuik) was not content with its shape. Therefore God planted the branches into the earth with the roots over the surface (stretching to heaven). Also the acacia tree (zaaung) had a quarrel with God in heaven. Therefore God refused to give it water in the rainy season, and only in the dry season, when all the other trees are bare, does the zaaung bear leaves.