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Subject Mlabri, gene, race, medical examination, northern region, Nan
Author Gebhard Flatz
Title The Mrabri : Anthropometric Genetic and Medical Examination
Document Type Article Original Language of Text English
Ethnic Identity Mlabri, Language and Linguistic Affiliations Austroasiatic
Location of
Sirindhorn Anthropology Center Library Total Pages 14 Year 1963
Source Journal of Siam Society, part 2, pp. 161–177

From a medical examination of 18 Mlabris, the author found that the ethnic group might be an ancient Mongoloid race because their physical aspects indicated that they had lived in the Southeast Asian Sub-continent for a long time. However, it is necessary to find evidence to support the conclusion (p.171). When compared to the Yambri in Bernatsik’s work, the author concluded that they might have been the same ethnic group but with some different aspects brought about by the time gap in the research (p. 170).
The author further pointed out that the Mlabri might not have anything to do with the alleged policy of Nan rulers of letting slaves into the wild. If that were the case, it would be as if the evolution of the ethnic group had been reversed, which might not be possible (p. 171). Nonetheless, the author noted that the Mlabri might become extinct in the near future because they tended to merge or assimilate with neighboring ethnic groups, such as Hmong or Lahu, and ultimately became Thai citizens (p. 175).

Text Analyst Worawan Kanlayanamit Date of Report Apr 19, 2021
TAG Mlabri, gene, race, medical examination, northern region, Nan, Translator -


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