This image of two “fresh” monks was taken in the 1970s. Not only had photographic technology evolved quickly after independence, but also the establishment of photography studios. Less pompous and with simpler decor, was the order of the day. Myanmar in the 1970s had witnessed numerous changes, politically and socially. From Colonial Burma in the 1930s and 40s, to a brief period of Japanese rule during World War II, to independence and a golden age in the 1950s and early 60s, and finally to a military dictatorship in the 1970s. By this time, Buddhism was part of the political agenda of the government, but nonetheless, the people of Myanmar continued to practice prayer, host ceremonies, and worship at their pagodas. Despite all the changes, Buddhism remained a constant.