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PALAUNG
 
Belong to the Mon-Palaung-Wa stock. There are approximately 15 different Palaung sub tribes: Taung ma, Taung me, Kyaw phyu, Namhsan, Zayan, Humein, Hu hkan, Mein kun, Shaung Ie, Pin nin, Kun he, Kun Huk, Man Nauk, Saw pa na, Ka Wan toke. The Palaungs in the Kalaw region are called Palay or sometimes as Silver Palaungs.
The majority of the Palaung lives in the hills around Kyaukme. Unmarried girls usually wear huge gold earrings decorated with flowers. The Palaung women from Kalaw region wear hats, made of black velvet resembling a half orange (tangerine) and decorated with multi-colored tassels and silver coins stitched around the rim.
Unmarried girls usually wear these hats but married women wrap their heads with scarves. The Palaung women of Kyaukme region wear hats embroidered with silver threads or sequins. The htamein is covered over with another layer belted around the torso. Silver bracelets and necklaces are also worn.
Some women have embroidered clothes placed on their heads while other wear these clothes as a kind of a shawl to cover the heads. All offerings to the nats must include betel and tobacco. If there should be any trespasses towards these nats, tobacco is used as an offering to appease these nats. The main crop is tea.
There are two types of wooing a girl: going to visit the girl at her house or putting one's hand through the hole in the girl's house and asking for her love.
Palay maiden (Kalaw)
 
A Palaung extended family at Tayaw village, Kalaw Township. This family group numbers about 50 persons. They live together in a traditional long-house.
Traditional Palaung martial dance
 
Palaung maiden (Namsan)
NATIONAL ETHNIC
Kachin
Kayah
Kayin
Chin
Mon
Bamar
Rakhine
Shan
KACHIN
Azi
Rawangs
Taron
Lisu
Lisu(Northern)
Khatku
Maru
Lashi
Kholon Lishaw
KAYIN
Pa O
Padaung
CHIN
Naga
Khami
RAKHINE
Daingnet
Thet
SHAN
Hkamti Shan
Innthars
Palaung
Danaw
Daye
MON-KHMA
Eng
Miao
WA-PALAUNG SUB GROUP
Wa
Yin
LOLO SUB GROUP
Lahu
Akha

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