Isolated Myanmar tribe prays for harvest

first_imgYANGON – A haunting refrain pierces thenight as the tribeswomen of the Gongwang Bonyo, among the most isolated peoplein Myanmar, dance around a campfire to bless the harvest ahead. The group are part of the Naga, ablanket term for dozens of tribes each with their own distinct dialect livingnear the Indian border, only accessible by nerve-shredding motorcycle journeysand on foot. Dressed in black and wearing orange beadnecklaces and palm leaf headbands, they rotate around a fire in Satpalaw Shaungvillage, hands held tightly and braving the cold with bare arms. A Naga tribeswoman carrying a child at the end of an overnight ceremony to bless the harvest in Satpalaw Shaung village in Myanmar’s Sagaing region. AFP “This is the essence of our villageand it brings us joy,” they chorus. (AFP)last_img

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