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They are from the Mon-Khmer stock.  They used to live in Pathein, Mottama and Hanthawaddy regions: so-called Ramanya Desa.  They widspred in Thaton, Bago, Mawlamyine, Zingyaik, Yaunghtaung, Bilugyun and Ye regions.
Their dress in similar to the dresses of ancient Bamars.  There are many Jataka tales, folktales, riddles, songs, medical texts etc in the Mon language.
There is a History of Mon-Myanmar epigraphy and a Collection of Mon Arts and Letters.  Stone inscriptions in the Mon language are of great historical importance. At Zokethoke village there are bas-relief sculptures of laterite.  The Razadirit Revolution" is a notable manuscript.  The Kalayani Ordination Hall at Bago is a historical monument.
Small brass gongs are arranged on a so-called half-moon shaped wood frame and played as percussion instrument and the crocodile shaped stringed instrument are typical of Mon musical instruments.  The movements of a Mon dance are smooth and dainty.  The Mon dance has 12 basic movements, the same as the Bamar dance movements.  There were traditional Mon dance troupes in earlier days.  The Mons are also proficient in all kinds of martial arts.
The Mon region is rich in agricultural produce and there are also many industrialized regions.
In ancient times the traditional custom of a suitor shoving his hand through a hole in the flooring of a girl's house to ask for her love was widespread.
Hintha (Ruddy Shellduck) is the symbol of the Mon people.
Young Mon men are paraded around the village on their way to the monastery at a collective initiation ceremony into the monkhood
 
A crocodile-harp shape water trough of laterite at Zotethoke village. Laterite was used extensively by early Mon King to construct pagoda.
A maiden from Dawei
 
A Mon maiden
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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