Faces of the Taunyu

June 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

We set off from Nyaungshwe on a 2 day hike up to Sin Mee (elephants tail) village which is about 1800 meters above sea-level. Our trusted guide, Whin Tin mentioned to us on the way that we would come across a Yin Pyar Village, which is mainly populated by the Taunyu Ethnic group. To our fortune, we happened to stumble into a gathering of many people of all ages, many dressed in traditional attire. It was a celebration before a ceremony was to take place, to give right of passage to youngsters who were to become Monks. The locals welcomed us dearly as everywhere in Myanmar since the day I arrived. Here are some portraits of some of the guests. We had to leave before the ceremony really got under way as we had to reach the top of the mountain before sunset and time was against us, we reached Sin Mee just in time, where we would spend 2 days with a family there, to be continued. 

An Elderly Taunyu woman attending the ceremony.

Young Taunyu women dressed in traditional ceremonial head-scarfs.
A young Taunyu man poses dressed in moden wear.

A Monk smokes in his tent while waiting for the ceremony to commence.

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