^ The Peoples
Burmese (including the Chin) and the Shan. The Karen, who are of kin, stand as yet in a category apart. The Kachin are of the same stock as the Burmese, but their descent into Burma is of recent date.
A hundred and fifty years ago, the M un were still a people, and Englishmen and Frenchmen leaned now towards the one, now towards the other of these conflicting races. But to-day the M un are all but absorbed in the Burmese race, and three hundred thousand people alone represent in Burma a race whose civilisation once extended from the Assam hills to Annam. Broadly speaking they are now indistinguishable except as to language from the Burmese. People who know them well can, however, distinguish between them; and on the whole the M un is apt to be fairer and stouter than the true Burman. Of kin with the Mun, but separated from them by a wide space of country, are the Palaung,
palaung woman at shwegu fair