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They are from the Tibeto-Burman group that diverted towards the central regions . In this group are: Rakhine , Mramagyi, Chaungthar, Mro, Thet and Daingnet. Like the Pyu, Mon and Myanmar civilizations.  Rakhines are found mainly in the Rakhine State.
Rakhine civilization is an ancient one. It is believed that the Rakhines had assimilated the Indian cultures from the Indian sub-continent in the west. Anandasandra stone inscription, the brass oil - lamps of Vesali and old Rakhine coins are most note - worthy. The Mrauk Oo civilization is also remarkable. Stone sculptures are more  numerous at Mrauk Oo.  Shitthaung Pagoda , Duukan Thein and the Maha Muni Image at Kyaktaw are representatives of the culture of that period.
Rakhine dances are also very enchanting.  Another interesting custom, Ngasin nite is a solo performance by an individual who, while reciting the story text, acts out the various roles at the same time. They also have various traditional dances and music. Brass gongs arranged on a wooden frame resembling a crocodile is unique. There are also duets sung by the young males and girls in courtship and other literary works.
The ceremony of making thanathka paste for the senior citizens at New Year's time and Kyin or traditional wrestling matches are popular . Another unique ceremony in Rakhine is the ceremony of blessing the bridegroom before marriage called.
Thamet tetpwe literally meaning the anointing of the son-in-law.  Class verses by the learned bards Ok kar pyan and Maha pyin nya kyaw are notable.
It is one of the most popular traditional sports. It was in evidence even before the Mrauk Oo period. Previously it was called "Kyayin" but now it had evolved into KyinIt is a sport where two contestants try to wrestle each other down to the floor. It needs, not only brute strength but also experience, guile and expertise. The contestants are known as Kyinthan meaning strong in the Kyin wrestling and the wrestling match itself as Kyin kaing pwe, meaning holding a Kyin contest. In many rural Rakhine villages, the young engage in this kind of traditional wrestling during their free time and practice this art at pagoda festivals etc. There are rules of fighting and experienced wrestlers act as referees.
Rakhine maiden in modern dress
 
Rakhine maiden in traditional dress
Rakhine traditional wedding ceremony
 
Rakhine traditional water festival
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