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Burmese Laos. Laotians of the Burmese possessions.

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Pl. XXIX. Burmese Laos. Laotians of the Burmese possessions.



The border of the region submitted to Burma is crossed; here we are in the Northern Laos, inhabited by the black-bellied Laotians, so named because the men have the habit of tattooing their belts and sometimes their whole body. These tattoos, executed with surprising finesse, represent animals, flowers or ornaments, dark indigo or sometimes red.

When driving, or at work, men are naked. At home and on holidays, men and women are dressed. Their costume borrows the turban, the ornaments and the bright colors from the Burmese and the savages of the surrounding mountains. The monks keep the yellow costume which they wear in all Indo-China.

Voyage d’exploration en Indo-Chine: carried out during the years 1866, 1867 and 1868 by a French commission chaired by M. le capitaine de frégate Doudart de Lagrée; work illustrated with 250 woodcuts after the sketches of M. Delaporte and accompanied by an atlas.



La fronlière de la région soumise à la Birmanie est franchie; nous voici dans le Laos du Nord, habité par les Laotiens à ventre noir, ainsi nommés parce que les hommes ont l’habitude de se tatouer la ceinture et parfois le corps entier. Ces tatouages, exécutés avec une finesse surprenante, représentent des animaux, des fleurs ou des ornements, couleur d’indigo foncé ou quelquefois rouges.

En roule, ou au travail, les hommes sont nus. A la maison et les jours de fôte, hommes et femmes sont vêtus. Leur costume emprunte le turban, les ornements et les couleurs vives aux Birmans et aux sauvages des montagnes environnantes. Les bonzes conservent le costume jaune qu’ils portent dans toute l’Indo-Chine.

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Source: Voyage d’exploration en Indo-Chine: effectué pendant les années 1866, 1867 et 1868 by France. Commission d’exploration du Mékong (1866-1868), author; Francis Garnier (1839-1873, editor); Ernest Doudart de Lagrée (1823-1868); Louis Delaporte (1842-1925, illustrator); Eugène Joubert (editor); Clovis Thorel (1833-1911, editor); Hachette (Firm), publisher; Imprimerie Lemercier et cie, lithographer, 1873.


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