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Socialization of Mon National in Hinthagon in Mon tradition and custom
- Socialization is a lifelong process, and it links the individual, the society, and the culture. Mon parents living in Hinthagon teach their children since infancy Mon language, Mon literature and how to be dressed as Mons, which together constitute their ethnic identity. They also have them socialized through participation in religious and social activities of Mon tradition. The children develop a sense of subjective ethnic identity and also that of responsibility to maintain Mon culture. Therefore, to the Mon nationals in Hinthagon socialization leading subjective ethnic identity is an important factor to maintain their ethnic identity as Mons. The objectives of this paper are to elicit how the Mons in Hinthagon maintain their ethnic identity, how they have children socialized through Mon traditional activities, and what are the results of that socialization. To implement those objectives, enquiries were made of parents, guardians, and teachers of Mon literature through In-depth Interview and Key Informant Interview. To be more comprehensive, the children were also asked questions through In-depth Interview. The questions were so formed as to bring out the Mon‟s cultural traits contributing to Mon identity. Data were added to by the way of taking photographs and recording the talks.
Zin Mar Latt
- Myanmar Academy of Arts and Science