According to legend, the Pa O people around Myanmar's Inle Lake descended from an inter-species union between a dragon who took the form of a woman and a shaman named Zawgyi.⠀
The woman could never sleep less she turn back to a dragon, but tired from laying eggs, she fell into a slumber. Zawgyi returned to find his wife in her real dragon form and fled. Abandoned, the eggs cracked open, revealing the first Pa O people inside (“Pa” the sound of a crack and “O” meaning “eggs”). ⠀
Even today, the colorful turbans of the Pa O women are said to resemble the head of a dragon. I hear more of the colorful Pa O lore as we hike for almost three hours uphill, passing the odd woman washing clothes by a spring or a farmer working fields so intensely green, I don’t think an adequate adjective has been invented yet to describe it.