Walk around the Shwedagon platform
Encounter of young local women go on a pilgrimage to the holy Shwedagon stupa.
Once weset foot on the main terrace, we followed the crowd and walk clockwise around the central stupa. As we walked around the perimeter, we found that all visitors to Shwedagon come to pursue devotions in different ways, from the pilgrims joining the clockwise walk around the stupa to the devotees spending minutes or hours rapt in meditation.
There is an underlying logic to the buildings, but we have to be Burmese Buddhist to make sense of it. The locals know what planetary post to visit (it depends on what day of the week you were born in), where to prostrate oneself when praying for success, and where to go if one wants a wish granted.