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PA O
 
Previously they were included in the Kayin group but were separated just before independence was gained. They are the second largest population in the Shan State. There are about 10 sub-groups. They are found in the Thaton, Taungoo, Hpa An, Penwegon, Taunggyi, Hopon, Pinion, Pinlaung, Yauksauk regions. Pa 0 are mainly concentrated around Mene Taung region in Southern Shan State. Both sexes wrap their heads with towels. The men dress in black baggy trousers and black jackets. The women dress in long, black skirts plus long sleeved jackets with black leggings on their calves. These leggings are sometimes wound with silver threads. The men have belts around their waists and carry betelnut containers in the slingbags. The women wear hairpins and combs plus ear plugs and rings on their fingers.
Meat is prohibited when making offerings to the nats but preserved fish is the main ingredient. Collective novitation or other religious ceremonies are very grand and widespread. Another popular festival is to send up local made rockets called Luphai festival. The Po 0 mainly engage in cultivating tangerines, coffee and thanatphet (kind of a shrub used for manufacture of local cheroots). Wheat, groundnuts, corn etc are also cultivated.
There is a unique custom where a roving learned son will come to a village to read the Buddhist stures. A battery of small brass gongs accompanies Pa 0 dance. The Pa 0 also have their own langiand literature. The Pa 0 are united and very much developed inomically. They are also very religious. Many of their customs and traditions are similar to the Bamar customs and traditions.
A beautiful Pa O girl (Kyauktan village)
 
A Pa O senior citizen(Yauksauk)
A traditional religious procession at a Pa O villagers are carrying offerings to the monks on the Full-moon day of November Kahtein ceremony
 
Two Pa O maidens on the way to the market
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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