Photographer's Note

On the way to a Lahu village we, my guide and me stopped for some fotos at a village of Palaung people, sometimes also called black teeth people.
This woman is chewing Paan. The seed that comes from the local Areca tree is called betal nut. The hill tribe take the betal nut, which is actually categorized as a berry, and wrap a few slices in the leaf from the same tree. The effect of chewing the betal nut and betal leaf is described as a stimulant which warms the body and gives the person a heightened alertness. Of course, like anything that feels good, there is many negative effects that result from the long-term use of betle nut that resemble that of chewing tobacco. Cancer, asthma, and kidney disease are all common in long-term users.
The Palaung are a MonKhmer ethnic minority found in Shan State of Burma, Yunnan Province of China and Northern Thailand. The various Palaung groups of Myanmar live in Shan State. Some are located in the northwestern corner around Tawngpeng, while others live as far south as Kengteng. It is thought that the Palaung immigrated to Myanmar before the Shan who came from China during the twelfth century.
The Palaung are traditionally farmers. They raise rice, grains, and vegetables by using the "slash and burn" method. Tea is also grown as a commercial crop.

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