Name of an ethnic group in
Myanmar, which are also known as
Taungthu and Black
Karen. With around 600,000 members, they
form the second largest ethnic group in
State, and as such are sometimes classified as part of the Shan people, though
in reality, they are ethnologically and linguistically related to the Karen
people. Their language belongs to the Tibeto-Burman
family of the
Sino-Tibetan language group. The traditional dress of women consists of an
black jacket, often finely trimmed with
another colour or hue, and a colourful headscarf which is worn as a turban (fig.).
The men traditionally wear an
indigo or black jacket and long
baggy pants (fig.),
akin to the Thai
kaangkaeng le (fig.),
which are known in Burmese as
Shan baun-bi (fig.).
In addition, the Pa-oh people usually wear a
shoulder bag (fig.).
Also transcribed Pa O and
in Thai also referred to as Pa-oh (ปะโอ).