Posts Tagged ‘Karen’

Kayan story from the London Times

April 10, 2008

I caught this in a link to a London Times article. I have known about the exploitation of the long-necked Paduang women for the tourist trade for a while. I knew them as Karenni tribe that fled very recently to Thailand from Burma and its army. What I didn’t know was the other name of Kayan which as far as I know has nothing to do with a group with the same in Borneo.

Kayan Woman

The Karenni, of which the Paduang are a sub-group, are also known as Red Karen. They do use a Karen language although the various groups in this language group are not mutually intelligible. There origins are thought to be in the Tibet region. Karen language group speakers are a sizable minority in Burma, thought to be about one seventh of the total population.