Friday, December 12, 2008

Shan Song: We Have Abandoned Our Homeland

This song is a Shan version of Lao and Thai songs (and there are many more covers of this song)

Today I will present you all the IPA lyrics of this song, so we can sing along! :D

/taj4 haw4 pʰaat2 mœŋ4/

# /sip4 haa3 pii6 tii3 taj4 haw4 jaan1 pʰaat2 mœŋ4/

/tsaɯ1 hɯ1 lii1 pen1 laj3 maa4 hœn1 je4 haam4 paw2/

/nam1 pen1 saaj1 ʔɔn1 kan1 paaj3/

/hɔt3 kwaa2 kuu3 taaŋ4/

/hak5 kan1 læ3 ʔœj4 pʰɔŋ4 taj4 kʰaan1 tsaɯ1/



/saw4 haa3 pii6 lii1 ŋin4 pʰaan1 laj3 pʰaat2 mœŋ4/

/kɔp3 pœ3 waa3 pʰoŋ1 ʔaaj3 lœŋ4 het4 haaj5 mœk3 tɔ2/

/kʰom1 tsɯ1 lœ1 nœ1 lɔŋ3 haw4 tii3 juu2 tii3 nɔn4/

/laj3 pɔj2 pet2 maa4 nam5 taa1 taj4 laj1/



/naan4 laaj1 pii6 tii3 taj4 haw4 laj3 pɔj2 mœŋ4/

/mœŋ3 paan1 ʔɔn1 juu2 kan1 maa4 mii4 taaŋ4 mon3 kjɔ2/

/ʔɔn1 haa1 kin1 juu2 yen1 kat4 haw4 ʔam2 kʰii1 maj3/

/jaam4 naj5 ʔm2 tsaɯ3 taj4 haw4 jaan1 mœŋ4/

[/laat3 kwaam4/]

/mœ3 nan5 nam5 taa1 taj4 laj1 jɔn3 pœ3 pʰaat2 kaj1/

/lin1 lii3 haw4 hak5 ʔam2 mii4 pʰaɯ1 maa4 lɔm1 tɔm4 juk5/

/won5 kʰɔp3 ʔii4 luu1 tsaŋ2 waa3 haw4 læ3 suu1/

/kɔp5 koj4 laj3 tsaɯ1 lek5 haj4 ʔœ3/

[REPEAT #]

/jaam4 naj5 ʔm2 tsaɯ3 taj4 haw4 jaan1 mœŋ4/

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Please note that I do not speak Shan, but I do understand the language quite well because I speak Thai and understand Lao (Shan is in the same language family as these two), and also with the help of this Shan-English dictionary. It took me a while to actually learn how to read the Shan script. I find the text easier than Burmese since Shan spellings are more straight forward.

So, all I'm trying to say is that I spent a lot of time deciphering these lyrics, so please treat them with respect, do not steal them without giving me any credits. :D

And if you want a copy of these lyrics in a Shan script, you can get it here.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ancient Burmese Hairstyles


These are ancient Burmese hairstyles. I wonder what they used back in those days to make the hair stay up.

Last month, I was invited by some friends to watch a Thai lakorn (Thai drama), named  "Kasatriya"(Thai: กษัตริยา, Sanskrit: क्षत्रिय; kṣatriya).

The lakorn takes us back to the 1500s. It's about the Burmese king, Bayinnaung who conquers most lands in Southeast Asia, including Autthaya (Siam), Lan Xang (present day Laos), Lanna (Northern Thailand today), Shan kingdoms (Shan state, Myanmar today) and many more. Eventually, Naresuan, a Siamese prince raised in Pegu liberates Siam and other lands after the death of the Burmese king.

Here's a picture of one of the Burmese princesses wearing one of the ancient hairstyles.
PS I really wish there was an English sub for the lakorn.
[Images:
Myanmar Cultures: Ancient Myanmar Hair Styles, กษัตริยา ep.8 3/6]