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Shan - History, Language, Traditional government, Politics

burma rice

A Tai-speaking people, the second largest minority group in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Originating in SW China (early rice culture), they were forced S by the Mongols between the 10th-c and 13th-c, and ruled Burma during the 13th–16th-c. Buddhists, with a strong identity, they are mainly concentrated in Shan state, constituting half of its population of over 3 million. Most are rice farmers.

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over 10 years ago

I am a Tai Ahom from Mung Dun Shun Kham, and would like to convey my support for the Shan struggle for independence and request the World Community's support to overthrow the repressive regieme in Rangoon and stop the genocide of the ethnic minorities by the Burmese.