This monochrome photographic print is showing Kachins sacrificing a cow at the Namhkyek manau. Manau is a kind of communal festival celebrated by the Kachins in Burma (Myanmar). A large number of offerings would be made to different spirits at a manau festival, as well as the main offering that would be made to the spirit called ‘Madai’. This photograph was taken by James Henry Green in the 1920s, a recruiting officer for the Burma Rifles who spent more than twenty years in Burma, much of it based in the northern hill states.

Courtesy of the James Henry Green Charitable Trust | The Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, Brighton & Hove

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