Padaung Ethnic Group Village
Shwan Ku village is in Pan Pat region, just 20 miles from Loikaw (Kayah State).
It’s a small and rural village home of the Padaung ethnic group, with just a few houses and living from agriculture activities.
Most women from Padaung ethnic group have followed their traditional culture of wearing neck rings. Girls first start to wear brass neck coils at the age of five but young generations seem not to want to continue with this tradition anymore.
Over the years the coil is replaced by a longer one with more turns. The neck itself is not lengthened, the weight of the brass pushes the collar bone down and compresses the rib cage.
This is the tradition basket used in the countryside to carry vegetables, fruit or… why not… your baby!
Villagers in this region believe in spirits (nats). This is their religious site to pray and ask for good luck, prosperity, and good weather. The posts represent sun, moon and earth.
This woman is playing the guitar and singing traditional songs.
In most houses you can find a beautiful guitar like this one.
All houses in the village are made of wood and bamboo. In the main room they all have corn hung from the ceiling just above the fireplace. This is the corn they will use to plant and grow. The reason for placing them there is to prevent birds from eating the corn seeds once they plant them. The smoked corn seeds will not attract them.