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Over a hundred ethnics are residing in different parts of Myanmar. Different topographical feature had separated the ethnic tribes and they became totally exclusive from the mainland Myanmar. Finally, this diversity is rendering the major attraction to those travelers who are keen to see these minorities living in the hidden area. Myanmar is composed of rich in natural resources, beautiful scenery, and most of all, with exotic people with their remarkable traditions. The ethnic groups and people with various traits and customs living in great harmony. it is a peaceful land where races and cultures are relative rather than absolute. The main people of Myanmar are called Myanmar or Bamar. There are seven states in Myanmar and therefore there are Seven Main races of Myanmar. They are

Kachin, the original name of the race known as Kachin is Jinghpaw, Jinghpaw is the racial name for the tribes known as the Hkahkus, Gauris, Lashis, Marus, Atsis and Nungs as well as for the Jinghpaw proper.

Kayah, Kayah State is inhabited by Kayah, Kayan or (Padaung) Mono, Kayaw, Yintalei, Gekho, Hheba, Shan, Intha, Bamar, Rakhine, Chin, Kachin,Kayin , Mon and Pao . Kayah State

Kayin, the Kayin hill tribe villages are mainly concentrated in the mountains and also along the Myanmar-Thai border in the Kayin State.

Chin, Chin is one of the ethnic groups in Myanmar. The Chins are found mainly in western part of Myanmar in the Chin State and about a population of 1.5 million. They also live in nearby Indian states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur and Assam.

Mon, the Mons are the principal Burma branch of the Mon-Khmer. Mon Burmar, Pao , Rakhine, Chin, Kachin, Shan and Kayin inhabit the Mon state. In 1983 the population was about 1637,200 and in 1996 the population was 2.4 million. Majority of the inhabitant are Mons and Bamars.

Rakhine, rakhines reside in western Rakhine coast, they are closely related to Burmese proper, though their form of Burmese language varies from the language of the Ayeyawady Valley

Shan, shans reside in the Eastern plateau. The Shan State of Myanmar occupy principally the plateau east of the Ayeyawady and Sittaung valleys, south of the Bhamo district and north of Kayah State.Shan are settling in valleys and river basins.

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Lisu, the Lisu people are an ethnic group who inhabit in Myanmar, China, Thailand, and the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. They are believed to originate from eastern Tibet. Traditionally living in villages high in the mountains, Western missionaries have attempted to convert them to Christianity.

Akha, the Akha are an ethnic group known to be originated in China and Tibet. Most of the remaining Akha people are now distributed in small villages among the mountains of China, Laos, Myanmar and northern Thailand, where they are one of the six main hill tribes. In Myanmar, most of the Akhas

Padaung, the Padaung is a group of the Kayin people, an ethnic minority of Myanmar.

Palaung, this Palaung village was geared to tourism and doing a good job of it. We stopped here for lunch and met an arriving bus load of Italians as we were leaving. The Palaung are called Bulang in China.

Rawang, the Nung-Rawang people are an ethnic group who inhabit far northern Kachin State of Myanmar (Burma). They speak a language related to Kachin

Salone, the Mergui Archipelago with its 800 islands is one of the last "terra incognita" in which otherness ethnic and biodiversity still have a meaning. The presence of the sea gypsies (the Moken) the development of a tradition within the Myanmar fishing community, and a nature still to be discovered makes this place one of

Naga, the Naga people of about two and half million are found in Nagaland, parts of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. Of mixed Yunnanese and Myanmar origin, they speak tribal dialects belonging to the Tibeto-Burman family.

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Over a hundred ethnics are residing in different parts of Myanmar. Different topographical feature had separated the ethnic tribes and they became totally exclusive from the mainland Myanmar. Finally, this diversity is rendering the major attraction to those travelers who are keen to see these minorities living in the hidden area.
 

Akha Tribes

The Akha are an ethnic group known to be originated in China and Tibet. Most of the remaining Akha people are now distributed in small villages among the mountains of China, Laos, Myanmar and northern Thailand, where they are one of the six main hill tribes. In Myanmar, most of the Akhas are found in the Shan State. They usually make their villages in the hill regions.
 
The first Myanmar documentary film was made during 1919, by U Ohn Maung. He studied photography and the nature of making films. The subject of the documentary was about Myanmar Export and Traditional cottage industries like Lacquerware production, Pathein parasol (umbrella) makings and Mandalay Silk textiles.
 

Lisu

The Lisu people are an ethnic group who inhabit in Myanmar,China,Thailand and the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. They are believed to originate from eastern Tibet. Traditionally living in villages high in the mountains, Western missionaries have attempted to convert them to Christianity.
 

Myanmar Textile

One textile design the Myanmar have loved for two hundred years is the lun yakyaw acheik (over-hundred-shuttle acheik) design. It is suitable for men and women. Both the weft and the warp are pure silk threads and from over a hundred to two hundred shuttles are used according to the design to be worked on. The weaving takes days and the fabric is thus expensive. Only the well-to-do can afford it. But in the villages cotton is used and the design modified to produce cheaper versions.
 

Shan


Shans reside in the Eastern plateau. The Shan State of Myanmar occupy principally the plateau east of the Ayeyawady and Sittaung valleys, south of the Bhamo district and north of Kayah State.Shan are settling in valleys and river basins. Most of the Danu, Taungyoe, Intha (Ansa), and Bamar are living in the western part of the Shan State. A lot of Palaung.
 
Around AD 1000, women clothes of the Pyu era, were made from silk and cotton.During the Bagan period, embroidered shawl is worn over the shoulders as a popularity. They also had bands around their arms.During the Yadanar Bon period, a Htai Ma Thein Jacket is worn with Anoh. Emerald shawl is wrapped over the shoulder (Dae wi wrap) or queen's style of wearing shawl.
 

Rakhine

Rakhines reside in western Rakhine coast, they are closely related to Burmese proper, though their form of Burmese language varies from the language of the Ayeyawady Valley, notably in the retention of the 'R'sound which in Burmese proper has been replaced by 'Y'. By religion they are Buddhists. Total populations over 2 million and Sittway Town is the most populated place. Rakhines and Bamars are living in delta region, Yambyai and Man Aung islands. Chin are residing in the northern mountain ranges. Myo, Thet, Khami, Daignet, Maramargyi and Khaman are living on the mountains which are on the west and north of Sittwe Plain.
 
Myanmar Hair Styles
According to ancient records Myanmar women have had their own style of dresses since AD 100. Some of the dress-styles and the hairstyles of the earlier period are still in fashion, but some have become museum pieces with the change of time. So, now we will be
highlighting the beauty of Myanmar women. Some 2000 years ago, and at the same time Myanmar damsels of today dress and their hair style.
 

Mon

The Mons are the principal Burma branch of the Mon-Khmer. Mon Burmar, Pao , Rakhine, Chin, Kachin, Shan and Kayin inhabit the Mon state. In 1983 the population was about 1637,200 and in 1996 the population was 2.4 million. Majority of the inhabitant are Mons and Bamars.
 

Naga people

The Naga people of about two and half million are found in Nagaland, parts of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. Of mixed Yunnanese and Myanmar origin, they speak tribal dialects belonging to the Tibeto-Burman familyIn Myanmar they live in the borders of Sagaing Dviision and Chin States bordering India to the west.
 

Chin


Chin is one of the ethnic groups in Myanmar. The Chins are found mainly in western part of Myanmar in the Chin State and about a population of 1.5 million. They also live in nearby Indian states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur and Assam. Owing to Mizo influence and Baptist missionaries' intervention, 80%-90% of the population are Christians. However, a sizeable minority of the Chin adhere to their traditional tribal beliefs and Theravada Buddhism. Traditionally, the Chin were animists.
 

Salone

The Mergui Archipelago with its 800 islands is one of the last "terra incognita" in which otherness ethnic and biodiversity still have a meaning. The presence of the sea gypsies (the Moken) the development of a tradition within the Myanmar fishing community, and a nature still to be discovered makes this place one of last paradises on earth. They live a traditional lifestyle on the Southern part of the Myeik Archipelago, off the coast of Myanmar.
 

Kayin

The Kayin hill tribe villages are mainly concentrated in the mountains and also along the Myanmar-Thai border in the Kayin State.The Kayin people like to settle in the foothills, living in bamboo houses raised on stilts, beneath which they keep their live domestic animals: pigs, chickens, and buffaloes.The Kayin practice monogamy and look down on pre-marital sex with strict social community laws against immorality. Two married women cannot live in the same house. In the past, in some villages, punishment for adultery was death.
 

Nung Rawang

The Nung-Rawang people are an ethnic group who inhabit far northern Kachin State of Myanmar (Burma). They speak a language related to Kachin.According to Kachin legend, the Nung-Rawang were the first of six brother from whom the main Kachin families are descended.
 

Kayah

Kayah State is inhabited by Kayah, Kayan or (Padaung) Mono, Kayaw, Yintalei, Gekho, Hheba, Shan, Intha, Bamar, Rakhine, Chin, Kachin,Kayin , Mon and Pao . Kayah State had a population of 158,400 in 1983 and in1996 the estimated population is over 240,000. Kayah State is situated in eastern Myanmar and bounded on the north by Shan State and on the east by Thailand and on the south and west by Kayin state. 49 per cent of the population are are Buddhists, 43 per cent are Christians and 6 per cent are Animists.
 

The Palaung

This Palaung village was geared to tourism and doing a good job of it. We stopped here for lunch and met an arriving bus load of Italians as we were leaving. The Palaung are called Bulang in China. They are closely related to the Wa people that live on the border between Myanmar and southern Yunnan. The open porch where we were having lunch was soon surrounded by these girls offering very well crafted souvenirs. Lunch and trinkets for tourists were only marginal sources of revenue. This prosperous village had their own pickup truck on which they can be seen loading a squealing pig going to market. The kids as usual were darlings. These Palaung are also recent refugees from Myanmar, notice how some of them are still wearing longyis.
 

Kachin

The original name of the race known as Kachin is Jinghpaw, Jinghpaw is the racial name for the tribes known as the Hkahkus, Gauris, Lashis, Marus, Atsis and Nungs as well as for the Jinghpaw proper.
 
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