Burma Dive sites - Moken, Myanmar Sea Gypsies

Sea Gypsy

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The Myanmar Sea Gypsies (Salone) nomads still hold on their own beliefs. Ma Kyone Galet Salone Village is located on Bo Cho Island between 10.40-N and 98.16 E. Salon Festival is held at this village every year. The only human inhabitants in the area are sea gypsies, namely Salon in Myanmar.  The earliest inhabitants of Myanmar recorded history were Pyu, Mon, Myanmar and Thet. It is said that Sea Gypsies were descended from Thet. They live on boats during dry season and remain on land during rainy season. They still practice the same fishing and boat building techniques used for generation. In the present times some salon inhabitants dwell peacefully on this island permanently with other people.

They worship two spirit gods the good and the evil. Shamanism is the central element during the spirit ceremony. The devotional offerings, at the ceremony, include pop corns, wild boar, alcoholic drinks, honey, betel and flesh and blood of ducks, chickens and turtles. They used to sing at the ceremony. The talents of the Salone are very remarkable that they could sing songs at hand to the scenes, happenings and fact they see. One of the last their musical instruments is a drum made from monitor lizard skin. Nowadays they play the modern studio music song, folk singing in traditional Salone Festival.

The rites and rituals at the festival were done by the shaman, who involved not only at the ceremony but also during illness or at death. A few decades ago the Salone do not bury the corpse, instead they left on a scaffold stand and all the people of the village move to another island.

Annual Ritual & Ceremony of the Myanmar Sea Gypsies (Salone) is usually held during the month of February (the Full Moon Day of Tabaung in Myanmar Calendar).

The Salone nomads do not easily mix with other people. They do not participate in economic, social or even cultural development of the country they live in their society has different cultural values from those offered by modern society. They are locked in the value system that they believe to be their own.

Sea Gyspy : Salone Island

Sea Gypsy : Salone Island 

The Salone Island will be the Tourist Port/Marina for motorized yachts so that the tourist could come in directly to the Salone Island without any hassle, not only from Thailand but also, from any other countries by sea. info@elegantmyanmar.travel and its affiliates plans to form a corporation to develop the Salone to be called the Salone Marina and Resort Company Limited "SMR".

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