Group of Karens, men and women, taken at Tounghoo
Photographer: Jackson, J.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a group of Karen men and women posed on the steps of a house at Taungoo taken by J. Jackson in c.1868, part of an album of 43 views of Burma (Myanmar) from the Sladen Collection. The Karen are a tribal people and one of the ethnic groups of Burma, others being the Shan, Mon, Kayah, Chin, Kachin and Rakhaing along with the majority Bamar. They live throughout central and southern Burma, and in the 19th century formed the chief population of the south-west section of the Shan States and of Karen-ni. The town of Taungoo is situated towards the northern end of the Bago Division in central Burma and was once a powerful kingdom in the 15th and 16th centuries.