Traditional performances, including song, instrumental music, dance, plays (set to music), and comedy routines, which are sponsored on numerous occasions, including festivals related to pagodas, shinbyu, and ear-boring ceremonies; life-cycle occasions, such as birth, marriage, and death; and sometimes simply when a sponsor desires to host one. Traditionally, pwe are held out of doors, often in the street, and have an informal atmosphere, spectators drifting in and out. Vivid descriptions of pwe are found in James G. Scott's The Burman: His Life and Notions and George Orwell's Burmese Days.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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