Myanmar

Myanmar is an extremely ethnically diverse country. There are about 135 different ethnic groups, of which many still hold on to their own specific customs and traditions.

Novice nun wearing pink and orange robes in Yangon, Myanmar.
Novice nun wearing pink and orange robes in Yangon, Myanmar.
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Lady from the Akhe tribe smoking her bamboo pipe in Shan state, Myanmar. After about a year of use, the pipe is worn out by the smoldering tobacco.
Lady from the Akhe tribe smoking her bamboo pipe in Shan state, Myanmar. After about a year of use, the pipe is worn out by the smoldering tobacco.
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Kayan lady in her house in remote Kayah State, Myanmar. Because of conflict between armed ethnical groups and the Myanmar army, many Kayan people fled to Northern Thailand in the 80s and 90s.
Kayan lady in her house in remote Kayah State, Myanmar. Because of conflict between armed ethnical groups and the Myanmar army, many Kayan people fled to Northern Thailand in the 80s and 90s.
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Shaman and two older ladies from the Lahu Shi tribe in their remote village in Shan State, Myanmar. Most Lahu Shi people are still dressed in their traditional blue and white clothes. The necklaces are made of dried grass to celebrate the first harvest of the season.
Shaman and two older ladies from the Lahu Shi tribe in their remote village in Shan State, Myanmar. Most Lahu Shi people are still dressed in their traditional blue and white clothes. The necklaces are made of dried grass to celebrate the first harvest of the season.
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Lady from the Kayah tribe sorting out the chaff from rice grains by hand. Kayah State, Myanmar.
Lady from the Kayah tribe sorting out the chaff from rice grains by hand. Kayah State, Myanmar.
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Lady of the Dai tribe in Chin State, Myanmar. She got her facial tattoo when she was 15 years old. Although it was very painful, she is proud that she was able to carry on the tradition of her tribe.
Lady of the Dai tribe in Chin State, Myanmar. She got her facial tattoo when she was 15 years old. Although it was very painful, she is proud that she was able to carry on the tradition of her tribe.
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Lady from the Silver Palaung tribe in front of her house in Shan state, Myanmar. Legend goes women are descendants of the first mother, which was a bird-like creature. To prevent them from flying away, the Silver Palaung women wear heavy metal belts.
Lady from the Silver Palaung tribe in front of her house in Shan state, Myanmar. Legend goes women are descendants of the first mother, which was a bird-like creature. To prevent them from flying away, the Silver Palaung women wear heavy metal belts.
Little girl from the Lahu Shi tribe in Shan State, Myanmar. In traditional villages, all houses have an indoor cooking fire. The perfect place to gather when it's raining outside.
Little girl from the Lahu Shi tribe in Shan State, Myanmar. In traditional villages, all houses have an indoor cooking fire. The perfect place to gather when it's raining outside.
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Young novice monk in a small monastery in Shan State, Myanmar.
Young novice monk in a small monastery in Shan State, Myanmar.
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Lady from the Mun tribe smoking tobacco in her house. Smoking pipes is a daily pastime for many women in Chin State, Myanmar.
Lady from the Mun tribe smoking tobacco in her house. Smoking pipes is a daily pastime for many women in Chin State, Myanmar.
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The facial tattoo of the Mun tribe has a characteristic Y shape on the forehead and multiple D shapes on the cheeks. Not many women also have the circles in their neck, because it was more painful to get than the rest of the tattoo. Chin State, Myanmar.
The facial tattoo of the Mun tribe has a characteristic Y shape on the forehead and multiple D shapes on the cheeks. Not many women also have the circles in their neck, because it was more painful to get than the rest of the tattoo. Chin State, Myanmar.
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Lady carrying a chicken back to her village in Chin State, Myanmar.
Lady carrying a chicken back to her village in Chin State, Myanmar.
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Women of the Akha tribe wear an elaborate headdress decorated with coins and metal balls. The coins are often old Indian rupees from around 1900. The more coins in her headdress, the richer the woman. Shan State, Myanmar.
Women of the Akha tribe wear an elaborate headdress decorated with coins and metal balls. The coins are often old Indian rupees from around 1900. The more coins in her headdress, the richer the woman. Shan State, Myanmar.
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Akha women start wearing their headdress when they get married. Some women even sleep wearing the headdress and only take it off to wash their hair. Shan State, Myanmar.
Akha women start wearing their headdress when they get married. Some women even sleep wearing the headdress and only take it off to wash their hair. Shan State, Myanmar.
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