Re: Burma ethnographies?

Cliff Sloane (cesloane@MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU)
Thu, 11 May 1995 17:34:32 -0500

On Thu, 11 May 1995, ERIC SILVERMAN wrote:

> A sociology colleague will be spending next Spring semester in Burma (his
> spouse is a librarian who is going to help the university there upgrade their
> system). Other than Leach, no ethnographies come to my mind. Any help?

Spiro has several books and articles. That is, if you don't mind his
anti-relativist fixations.

There are many older books written by genteel missionaries on th ways of
life of non-Burmans. One in particular struck me as rather fair, given
the author's credentials. It's called _The Shans At Home_, I forget the

For more on Shan ethnographies, Nicola Tannenbaum has written extensively
on Shan cosmology. Her fieldwork was in Mae Hong Son province, Thailand,
but Shans I know from Mong Hsat claim that there is no difference.

Cliff Sloane