Mnong people

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Mnong
Total population
 Vietnam 102,741 (2009)1
Regions with significant populations
Vietnam: Đắk Lắk, Lâm Đồng, Bình Phước; Cambodia
Languages
Mnong, others
Religion
Christian, Theravada Buddhism, Animist
A longhouse in the Mnong village of Buôn Jun in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Mnong women near Buan Ma Thot
Mnong's elephant carer

The Mnong or M'nong (Vietnamese: M'Nông) are an ethnic group from Vietnam (92,451 in 1999). They can be subdivided into three groups:

A number of Mnong live in the eastern Cambodian province of Mondulkiri.

Language

Every group speaks a variant of the Mnong language, which is in the Bahnaric languages group of the Mon–Khmer language family.

Literature

Epic

Epics (Mnong language: Ot N'rong- Ot: telling by singing the poem, N'rong: old story) take an important part in Mnong people's life. Many of these epics, such as Ghu sok bon Tiăng, are quite long.

Notable people

  • N'Thu K'Nul, a Lao-Mnong person, a chieftain who established Bon Don, in Đắk Lắk Province- a famous elephant hunting and taming village. He caught a white elephant and gave it as a present to the Thai royal family in 1861, leading the king of Thailand to bestow upon him the name "Khunjunob" (literally "Elephant Hunting King")
  • N'Trang Lơng, hero who led villagers against French colonizers
  • Điểu Klung, epic teller
  • Điểu Kâu, ethnologist

References

  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. 134. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 

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