Brau people

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Total population
 Vietnam 397 (2009)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia
Brao, Vietnamese

The Brau people (Vietnamese: Người Brâu) are an ethnic group living in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. In Vietnam, most Brau live in Đắc Mế village, Bờ Y commune, Ngọc Hồi district, Kon Tum province (Đặng, et al. 2010:112), and the population was 313 in 1999. They speak Brao, a Mon–Khmer language.

The Brau have only two surnames: Thao (for male) and Nang (for female). They have customs such as uốt bưng (filing teeth), tavattơpit (strain ears), and chingkrackang (tattoo on forehead). They tell about the Great Flood in their "Un cha đắc lếp" story, and about the Beings named Pa Xây. They play táp đinh bố.


  1. ^ "The 2009 Vietnam Population and Housing Census: Completed Results". General Statistics Office of Vietnam: Central Population and Housing Census Steering Committee. June 2010. p. 135. Archived from the original on 18 October 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  • Đặng Nghiêm Vạn, Chu Thái Sơn, Lưu Hùng. 2010. Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam. Hà Nội: Thế Giới Publishers.

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