Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pa O Woman Myanmar

This Pa O woman is a towel seller from Myanmar. She has a towel wrapped around her head and in her arms are more towels. The turban head dress is typical and often red.

The Pa O are the seventh largest ethnic minority in Burma and the second largest in the Shan State. They are believed to be of  Tibeto-Burman lineage, and share the language and culture of the Karen people.

Unlike the Rohingya, they are a recognized ethnic group in Burma and Buddhist. However, due to military conflicts and lack of economic opportunity, many Pa O have migrated to northern Thailand.