^ The Peoples
indicate the route." But the identity of the traditional desert of the Karen with the desert of Gobi has yet to be established.
The Karen in Burma has to be looked for ; the Shan with his wide trousers and flapping hat, his instinct of trade, his princes and feudatory states, and h i s considerable civilisation is a much more notable person.
The race began to spread into Burma from South - western China about two thousand years ago. Its migration was hastened b y the pressure of the Chinese races behind, and as this pressure increased it spread from the valley of the S h w e 1 i river, its first home in Burma,
southwards to SHAN GIRI" BHAMO