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AKHA
 
Previously they were known as Kaw but now they prefer to be called as Akha. The men usually shave clean their heads except for a small tuft of hairs at the top. They wear dark blue trousers and jackets. The edges of the jackets are trimmed with colourful knitted native patterns. The boys wear skullcaps but the men wear dark blue headbands.
The women tie their hair into a knot like the Shan women, part it in the middle and let it hang down to cover both ears. On their heads they also wear headdresses decorated with silver coins, feathers, coloured threads, beads and seashells. The headdresses also reflect the person's wealth. The Akha female dress is one of the mostexpensive native dresses. The Akha women wear a kind of plain black skirt and a black jacket with native patterns. They also have a kind of a Scottish sporran made of multi-coloured beads and seashells hanging in front of the skirt.
They believe in 6 kinds of Nats or spirits. Chil dren are named according to the name of the father's clan or tribe. The administrative system is based on tradition and customs. There are some books written Akha language based on Roman alphabets.
Some paddy is always kept inside a hollowed bamboo as a token of offering. A 4-day festival is held after the paddy harvest to celebrate the successful harvest and everybody join in the celebration. Cultivation is the main source of livelihood but many also engage in hunting and logging. Their musical instruments are basically bamboo flutes, drums and gongs. The Akhas regard one day every 13 days as an auspicious day.
The Akhas also regard that if an animal give birth to only one litter it is unlucky. However, in contrast they regard as unlucky if a woman gives birth to twins. The Akha villages have animist signs or other markers at the entrance. At the intended village site, an egg is thrown down to the ground and if it shatters the site is regarded as an auspicious ground to settle and set up a village.
Akha couple
 
Akha male in traditional hat
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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