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Traditional Beliefs on West Pwo’s Nat Sar (Anhyein) in Nyaungpinseik Village, Magyichaung Village Tract, Einme Township, Ayeyarwaddy Region
- The Kayins are one of the main ethnic groups in Myanmar, and the Pwo Kayin is one subgroup of them. There are two different groups of Pwo Kayin, namely: West Pwo (Flone:) and East Pwo (Flon).This paper is an attempt to find out the traditional beliefs of the West Pwo Kayin’s ritual ‘Nat Sar Chin’ (Anhyein) in Nyaungpinseik village, Enme township, Ayeyarwaddy Region. The population of the West Pwo Kayin in Nyaungpinseik village is 517 (2015).The ritual Nat Sar Chin (Anhyein) has been held for 100 years at Nyaungpinseik village. In this research, the data was collected by ethnographic research methods. The research period is from 2018 to 2019, and the research subjects are villagers who have experience in Anhyein, and the practitioners (Shamans) or Phusayar. The ritual of Anhyein is usually held, when all the family members return to the parent’s house. The ritual is held for six days. In the month before the ritual, family members have to avoid foods such as eggs, pork and chicken, which will be included in the ritual (Anhyein) offering. In addition, there are foods which are forbidden during the ritual. Holding the ritual is connected to their economy, health and education. But some families do not want to hold the Anhyein because of the practice of killing animals, concerns over its expense, and the rarity of meeting family members for rituals.
Aye Aye Pyone
- Conference paper
- 2nd International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies 16-18 February 2018, University of Mandalay