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People of Tanintharyi

Tanintharyi in Southern Myanmar is a melting pot of cultures, faiths and languages, including Dawei, Kayin, Mon and Bamar.

Tanintharyi is a melting pot of cultures, faiths and languages, including Dawei, Kayin, Mon and Bamar. 

Ethnic Dawei people speak the Dawei dialect, which is related to, but considered distinct from, Burmese. Most ethnic Dawei people are Buddhist.

Dawei people have their own traditional dance, songs, costumes, foods and customs. Among Dawei traditional dances, Yae O Ywet dance (the pot dance), where girls hold pots on their heads while dancing, is a unique symbol of Dawei art and culture.

Sea Gypsies of Myanmar

The Sea Gypsies of the Mergui Archipelago also known as Moken, Solone or Salon are one of the smallest indigenous people groups of Myanmar. The sea gypsies still live a largely nomadic life passing between the 800 islands of the Mergui Archipelago collecting shellfish and free diving for pearls seemingly unconcerned with the goings-on of the outside world and its material possessions.

One of the last people groups in the world to still live a largely nomadic life the sea gypsies remain at sea for the majority of the year only residing on land during the monsoon period. They are superb free divers able to hold their breath for over 4 minutes and have an advanced ability to see underwater while diving.

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