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CultureShock! Myanmar by Saw Myat Yin

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‘The Burmese are probably the most engaging race in the East.’—Sir James George Scott

 

 

 

PEOPLE

Myanmar has been described as an anthropologist’s dream by some writers as it possesses such a great diversity of ethnic groups with distinct dress, customs and traditions. According to the 1983 Census (figures which have remained relatively unchanged), the distribution of these groups was as follows:

Bamar (Burman)

69%

Shan

8.5%

Karen

6.2%

Arakanese

4.5%

Other indigenous races

6.5%

Mixed Myanmar and foreign races

1.3%

Chinese

0.7% ...

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