Pyit Taing Htaung/Tumbling Kelly and Yoke Thae Puppets

Pyit Taing Htaung Burmese opposition

Yoke Thae Puppets SPDC’s ‘civilian’ government

The Burmese traditional toy, Pyit Taing Htaung, which means “that which always rights itself when thrown down.” It is called Tumbling Kelly or billycan.

In Burma, a person who rises up again and again in the face of all vicissitudes of life is likened to a “pyit-taing-htaung.” 

This is the traditional toy of Myanmar and a-tumbling-kelly-2.jpgis made of papier-mâché, but colourful and attractive. Theses toys are usually sold on the stairways of the Pagodas all over Myanmar. They differ in size, style, idea, meaning and color giving each of them a unique definition and expression. Although these toys are no longer played by the urban children, they are still kept as souvenirs at home. But for the rural children, those lovely toys are something more than they can imagine.

It is usually colored red and with a white smiling face. But sometimes, it comes in golden color too.

Puppets (or) Marionettes
The puppets (or) marionettes of princes, princesses, clowns, orge, and horses are most common.


  • SPDC could throw Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led NLDs and Min Ko Naing led 88 Student leaders anywhere into the jail or put under the house arrest, they would never surrender.
  • SPDC wanted the monks, NLD, 88 leaders, SNLD and Ethnic Minorities and to be their puppets rubber stamping their Convention.
  • But they refused to be pulled up like the Puppets.
  • Of course the strings are pulled by SPDC Generals.

We hate to see the mixing up of Pyit Taing Htaung’s strings.  

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