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Burma image, WA0643

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Digital Media Bank ID: 87565
Description: Burma image, WA0643. Taman Nat shrines. The Tamans are nearly extinct.
James Henry Green. 1926.
'The Tamans and Malins have now almost ceased to exist as separate tribes. They have become Shan-Burman, have adopted their dress and Buddhism and are intermarrying with them freely. In Tamanthi I found one old woman who still remembered something of the Taman language. In the small list of words I was able to collect quite one-half were Hkahku. The people have the Hkahku nose, but are otherwise heterogeneous. They refer to an ancient leader of the tribe called Ser Agi Yaw, Agi Yaw being a Hkahku headman's name. Although professing Buddhism they still erect nat shrines in a clearing outside of the village which is reminiscent of the Hkahku Numshang, and hold animal sacrifices of pigs to their guardian nat. Some of the meat of the sacrifice is placed upon the nat altar together with a pair of chop-sticks, the use of which in their homes is unknown. The pig is slain with a club by the nat priest who recites a formula propitiating the nat for the welfare of the tribe. Their tradition is that originally they came from China, then moved to what is now Indawgyi Lake. A flood which formed the Lake drowned most of them. The survivors fled to the Naga Hills where they adopted Naga customs. From there they again descended to the plains and settled near Tamanthi. The Malins appear to be a branch of the same people' [dissertation, 1934:278-279].
Categories: Timeline/ 1920s, Collections/ World Art, Collections/ World Art/ Asia/ James Henry Green Photos of Burma (Myanmar)  

Copyright & Re-use

Credit Line: James Henry Green Charitable Trust
Licence: CC BY-SA
Caption: Burma image, WA0643

Object or Artwork info

Type (of Object or Artwork): Image
Source (of Object / Artwork): Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
Subject tags:
Myanmar: James Henry Green Collection
Other Keywords: Photography; Burma; Myanmar

File info

Original Filename: dmas_wa0643_d01.tif
Media: Image
Size: 30.87 MB; 2764 x 1951 pixels; 234 x 165 mm (print at 300 DPI); 731 x 516 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
Orientation: Landscape

Administrative info

Linked Accession no.: WA0643