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Pa'O - Lake Inle

(Pa'O, also known as Taungthu, Black Karen, Pa-U, Pa Oh.)

The Pa'O language is a member of the large Sino-Tibetan group of languages via the Tibeto-Burman branch of the language tree. Within the Tibeto-Burman branch Pa'O is one of the twenty Karenic languages.. The Pa'O are the second most numerous ethnic group in the Shan State of Myanmar (Burma) after the Shans themselves. Some 600,000 Pa'O live in the southwest of Shan State from the slopes of the mountains near Kalaw up to Thaton region at the foothills of the Bago Yoma ranges. The Pa O are mainly engaged in cultivating tangerines, coffee and their main cash crop, the thanapet leaf from cordia trees, which is used for rolling Burma's traditional cigar, the cheroot. They are known as traders and Budhists. Pa'O may be seen in two photogalleries - this gallery of the Pa'O around Lake Inle, Shan State at the large five-day rotating market at Nampan, the floating market at Ywama and at the Phaung Daw U pagoda and the other of them selling their produce at the five-day rotating market in Kalaw, Shan State.

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to 44K Jpeg 9809N08 Boats drawn up at the water's edge for the 5 - day rotating market at Nampan on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to 54K Jpeg 9809O24 Man (probably Pa'O) on a bullock cart covering the bags of rice that he had bought at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Shan State
to 46K Jpeg 9809O02 Boats drawn up at the water's edge for the 5 - day rotating market at Nampan on Lake Inle, Shan State.
to 31K Jpeg 9809O10 Pa'O woman at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State. She is waiting to buy liquid fuel. Note the short serge jacket with details of the fabric woven in the selvedge used to trim the front pocket. She is wearing the jacket over her lose blouse with embroidered seam trimmings.
to 33K Jpeg 9809O11  Pa'O woman at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State. She is waiting whilst her liquid fuel is poured out. Note the short serge jacket with details of the fabric woven in the selvedge used to trim the back seam. She is wearing the jacket over her loose blouse with embroidered seam trimmings. This is then worn over a longyis.
to 30K Jpeg 9809O12 Pa'O woman at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State. She is paying for her liquid fuel. Note the short serge jacket with details of the fabric woven in the selvedge used to trim the back seam and the edge of the front pocket. She is wearing the jacket over her loose blouse with embroidered seam trimmings. This is then worn over a longyis.
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to 31K Jpeg 9809N03 Pa'O women at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State with their piles of thanapet leaf from cordia trees used for rolling around the local cheroots.
to 34K Jpeg 9809N04 Pa'O women at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State with their piles of thanapet leaf from cordia trees used for rolling around the local cheroots.
to 34K Jpeg 9809N01 Pa'O women at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State trading thanapet leaf from cordia trees used for rolling around the local cheroots.
to 20K Jpeg 9809N05 An older Pa'O woman at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State.
to 22K Jpeg 9809N07 Two Pa'O women examining a pottery jar at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 31K Jpeg 9809N06 The back view of two Pa'O women discussing the ceramic ware at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 32K Jpeg 9809N09 A Pa'O woman at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 36K Jpeg 9809N10 Pa'O man with his wares at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to Pa'O at Nampan 5-day rototing market, Lake Inle, Shan State
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to 37K Jpeg 9809N15 Close examination of goods for sale by two Pa'O women at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 24K Jpeg 9809N16 Pa'O woman checking the quality of the rice in Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 31K Jpeg 9809N19 Pa'O woman checking the tomatoes in Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State. Note she has two towels on her head, not the usual one.
to 23K Jpeg 9809N22 Pa'O woman at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State.
to 27K Jpeg 9809N21  Pa'O woman at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State. Note her short jacket with front pocket over her loose blouse with embroidery edging down the seams and her towelling headdress.
to 22K Jpeg 9809N25 Pa'O woman at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State with a finely made jacket with selvedge woven lettering inset into the collar. Her striped woven head-cloth matches her shoulder bag.
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to 31K Jpeg 9809N26 Pa'O woman weighing out produce for a customer at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State.
to 38K Jpeg 9809N20 Pa'O woman selling her produce at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 29K Jpeg 9809N30 Pa'O man at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 22K Jpeg 9809N31  Pa'O women at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 30K Jpeg 9809N33 Pa'O women at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 34K Jpeg 9809O01  Pa'O man at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 30K Jpeg 9809O03 Pa'O women amongst a mass of shoulder bags on a stall in Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 31K Jpeg 9809O13 Pa'O men at Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 31K Jpeg 9809M36 Pa'O woman striding through Nampan 5-day rotating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
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to 28K Jpeg 9809R34 Pa'O woman at Ywama floating market, Lake Inle, Shan State peering through her headdress fringe
to 37K Jpeg 9809R35 Pa'O woman buying liquid fuel from a trader on one of the boats at Ywama floating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 35K Jpeg 9809R33 Pa'O woman selling tomatoes at Ywama floating market, Lake Inle, Shan State
to 44K Jpeg 9809Q31  Pa'O woman at Phaung Daw U pagoda, Lake Inle, Shan State. This was the only Pa'O woman that I saw wearing her dark blouse without a covering long-sleeved short jacket. Most of the old photos I have seen of the Pa'O show them wearing their blouses and longyi but no jackets.
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for more Pa'O go to Pa'O - Kalaw market
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