O Du people

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O Du
Total population
570 (est.)
Regions with significant populations
 Vietnam 376 (2009)[1]
O’du, Vietnamese, Lao
Traditional religion (animism), Christianity

The Ơ Đu (O'du) are an aboriginal ethnic group in Vietnam and Laos. Their total population is more than 570.

Name variation

The Ơ Đu are also commonly referred to as O'Du, O Du, Iduh, Tay Hat, Hat, and Haat.[2]


The Ơ Đu subsist mainly on slash-and-burn agriculture and raising cattle, augmented by hunting, gathering, and weaving.


The Ơ Đu have a language also called O'du, which is a Khmuic language.[2] The Khmuic languages are Austro-Asiatic.[2] There is some debate as to whether the Khmuic languages are of the Mon–Khmer branch, but the majority opinion is that they are not. Most Ơ Đu presently speak Thai.

Geographic distribution

See also


  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 October 18, 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Ethnologue report for Laos

External links

  • http://projekt.ht.lu.se/rwaai RWAAI (Repository and Workspace for Austroasiatic Intangible Heritage)
  • http://hdl.handle.net/10050/[email protected] Iduh in RWAAI Digital Archive

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