Palaung(redirected from Palaungs)
(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.