In the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, formerly Burma until October 2010, nearly two hundred ethnic groups form the amazing national patchwork. The government recognized as full members 135 of them and, although the official language is Burmese, there are about 100 languages currently spoken in the country.
Since the Anglo-Burmese wars, on the 19th century, the country has been involved in conflicts and one of the longest and most merciless dictatorships in modern history. Because of this and the rough terrain, ethnic groups have been isolated for decades, even centuries, preserving their unique cultural and linguistic characteristics. These human groups are part of Asia’s ethnic roots in the most changeless form that you can find today in the whole continent. They came from Mongolia, China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, even Persia or Portugal.