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"Watch a game of Chinlon!" Myanmar (Burma) Local Custom Tip by Bonobo2005

Myanmar (Burma) Local Customs: 149 reviews and 220 photos

  professional performance of chinlon
by Bonobo2005

A chinlon is a ball woven from strips of cane or rattan that is used for playing a traditional game that looks like a variation on the Thai circle takraw.

You can see people playing chinlon in every village, but also competitions and demonstrations are held throughout Myanmar.

A team of players (or even an individual), staying within a circle, has to keep the chinlon in the air as long as possible without using the hands.

The more artistic, acrobatic or skilful you can do, the more points you get from the jury. Usually a team consists of 1 or 2 real artists, while the others assist him passing the chinlon and keep it up.

I watched a very exciting game of chinlon in Kyaukme during the Union Day festivities. The organisation had invited the best players from Mandalay for a demonstration. Depending on the difficulty of the movement, the players were rewarded with one or more banknotes, that was pinned on their shirts.

If you have a chance, try to watch a game!

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  • Written Jun 19, 2003
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