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Old woman smoking a cheroot cigar, Myanmar 14 Dec 2016

Posted on 14 Dec 2016
IN DEIN, MYANMAR: old wrinkled woman smokes a cheroot cigar
IN DEIN, MYANMAR: old wrinkled woman smokes a cheroot cigar
IN DEIN, MYANMAR: old wrinkled woman smokes a cheroot cigar

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Cheroot cigars are popular in many parts of South Asia and India, but are perennially popular in Myanmar – you will see men, women (old and young) and sometimes even children smoking them. The word cheroot comes from the French ‘cheroute’, based on a Tamil word that translates as ‘roll of tobacco’. Literary references to cheroot cigars often romantically associate them with Myanmar. Rudyard Kipling’s On the Road to Mandalay (1892) includes the lines:

             An' I seed her first a-smokin' of a whackin' white cheroot,
             An' a-wastin' Christian kisses on an 'eathen idol's foot

Visit Myanmar today on our Myanmar Dreams tour and try one of these famous cigars for yourself.

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