Culture & Lifestyle

shan handicraft mae hong son 5


Thai shirt A Thai woman’s blouse falls to her waist.  The blouse, with sleeves or no sleeves, crosses over from side to side in the front.  There is some thick embroidery or engraving around the neck, on edge of sleeves, and the edge of the blouse.  Some are decorated with beads, pearls, and spangles. A […]

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Art Perfomance

Gingala (Bird Dance) This dance is performed at festivals, on important occasions like the welcoming of guests or official foreign visitors, at the end of the Buddhist Lent day, and other traditional celebrations. The artistic performance of the Gingala imitates a bird. The dancers will tease each other and join together in the rhythm dancing

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Local Foods Cooking habits differ from the other regions in Northern Thailand.  The Shan have their own culture and culinary practices, especially in eating rice.  The Shan will not consume sticky rice for their main diet; however, they will consume cooked rice, a tradition from the past. Chili sauce is an important food of the

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shan agriculture mae hong son 5


The most mountainous region in Thailand is the Mae Hong Son province; it is comprised 90% by high, mature mountains. Though only 10% plains are plains, the primary occupation for most people is agriculture, such as growing rice, garlic, onion, soybean, sesame, fruit, other crops, and raising livestock. Most people’s income comes from selling agricultural

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Ghost Feeding

Buddhism is the primary religion of the Shan; only a few practices other religions. Their lifestyle still supports the belief in some ghosts:  ruler spirits, earth ghosts, forest demons, water ghosts, farm ghosts, household spirits, and others, whom they are very careful not to insult.   Each community has a similar belief about worship and

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