A 100 word summary just doesn’t seem enough to describe how important this book is. Though less than 50 pages long, the author, one of the most respected literary figures in the Kachin community, has demonstrated how oral legends and myths should not be relegated to a past that doesn’t concern us. Myths have a purpose for us all no matter how ancient and here the lesson of the hundreds year-old origin of the traditional Manau dance is woven into the contemporary social, political and environmental crises that affect the north of Myanmar to this day. Vital reading for anyone seeking to understand the cultural roots of a forgotten conflict.
Title: The Origin of the Kachin Manau
Author: Rev N-Gan Tang Gun
(Sadaik Shorts is a series of very short reviews of fiction and non-fiction from Myanmar writers in English)