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Palaung

 

(self-designations include Taang, Katur, Brao, and Riang), a people living in Burma, chiefly south of the Shweli River. They were estimated to number 200,000 in 1972. Their language belongs to the northeastern branch of the Mon-Khmer group. The Palaung are descendants of the oldest inhabitants of the Indochina Peninsula. They are Buddhists, although traditional animistic beliefs have also been preserved. In the past the worship of the ancestors of feudal chiefs was an official religion coexisting with Buddhism. The main occupations are the cultivation and marketing of rice and tea. Handicrafts include weaving, wickerwork, and metalwork.

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Narody Iugo-Vostochnoi Azii. Moscow, 1966. Pages 364–67.
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kun rdzob kyi bden pa gnyis su dbye'o || de'ang tshad ma'i gzhal bya'i ldog pa ni ma yin dgag yin pas kun rdzob kyi bden pa kho na yin yang tshad ma'i gzhal bya'i mtshan gzhi ni med dgag dang ma yin dgag mtha' dag gi khyab byed yin pas bden gnyis kyi dbye ba'i gzhir 'thad do.
2-4 (de nas rab byung bzhi pa'i nang gu ru tshe brtan rgyal mtshan ces bya ba'i gter bton chen po de'ang spa gror byon / chu mo phu [= phug] gu ru zhi drag gi sgrub skor rnams dang / skye bdun dam rdzas sogs mang du bzhes te 'gro don mdzad); compare Aris (1979:43 & 157).