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Shan Tribes

 
  Wa
The name Wa is thought to have Shan origins and has been widely accepted so by the Wa themselves. Over the centuries, many traditional Was are believed to have assimilated Shan or other ethnic identities.



Black Lahu
Both Black Lahu men and women shave the top of their heads and scrape their long hair into a top-knot, Chinese-style. Some women wear thick silver torques as well as silver bosses if they can afford them.



Khamti Shan
The main livelihood of them is weaving and farming like most of their Shan kinfolks. Their major produces are paddy, orange, potato and groundnut.




Pa-O
They are an important branch of the Kayin ethnic family and speak a related language, although many Pa-Os in the Shan State are unaware of any connection.




Lahu
Many of the Lahu arrivals into Myanmar occurred during the 19th century. At present, many of them are still living in Thailand, Laos and in Yunnan province, apart from Myanmar.




Palaung
Although some retain traditional spirit worship, most Palaungs practice Buddhism and there are monasteries in almost every village. Their costume is one of the most colourful of all the hill-tribes.




Red Lahu
Unlike the Black Lahu, Red Lahu women do not shave their heads or wear their hair in a Chinese-style top-knot. Although they still believe in good and evil spirits, many Lahus in the plains have now adopted Buddhism or were converted to Christian beliefs by English and American Baptist missionaries who established churches in the region at the turn of the century.



Ang / Enn
Ang women often marry at the age of 14 or 15. The Ang fear ‘water spirits' and therefore build their villages away from marshes and rivers but along mountain ridges.




Lahta
Lahtas wear white smocks or jackets over striped red skirts or short longyi, and red and white conical hats. Women wear traditional brass coils from the wrist to the elbow, hampering arm movements.




Akha
They are said to be divided into seven clans, representing seven brothers from whom all Akhas reputedly derive. Descendants of the ancient Lolo peoples, the Akha speak a Tibeto-Burman language, related to both Lahu and Lisu.



Lahu
Many of the Lahu arrivals into Myanmar occurred during the 19th century. At present, many of them are still living in Thailand, Laos and in Yunnan province, apart from Myanmar.



Riang
The Riang are divided into three main clans, including the Yinnet or Black Riang and the Yinset or Striped Riang. It is the custom for men and women of both clans to have their four front teeth capped in gold which is then inlaid with ruby and jade.