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    To develop the ethnic groups database where systematized research data are available online and can be made use of by interested parties or individuals, following the subjects or topics of their interests, and thus making it easier for them to sum up the essential points necessary for further in-depth studies. 


    S'gaw youth at Mowakee Chaingmai

    Less savings. Much to share.

    S'gaw's proverb
    Mowakee Chaingmai

    Salak Yom Festival
    Pratupha Temple

    Sea as Home of Urak Lawoi, Moken, Moklen

    Rawai beach Phuket Thailand


    Computer class of S'gaw students
    Mae La Noi , Maehongson

    Khaw Rai (Rice)
    produced from rotational farming
    Li Wo, Kanchanaburi


    S'gaw woman at Hin Lad Nai village

    Fermented Beans

    Important ingredient of Tai


    Phlong(Pwo) woman

    Li Wo village

    Boon Khaw Mai rite

    Phlong at Li Wo


    Little Prince of Tai

    Ordination in Summer of Tai boys


    Boys are ordained as novice monks

     Poi Sang Long is the tradition of the Tai. 

    Be novice monk to learn Buddhism


    Tai-art  mural painting of  Buddha 
    at Wat Chong Kam Chong Klang
    Maehongson Thailand

    Wat Chong-Kam, Chong Klang

    Hmong childs at Ban Kewkarn
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    Smile in problems
    Urak  Lawai at Rawai Phuket
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Subject Phu Tai , history , livelihood, Thailand
Author Thaweesin Suebwathana
Title Phu Thai
Document Type Article Original Language of Text -
Ethnic Identity Phuthai, Language and Linguistic Affiliations Tai
Location of
          Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre Total Pages - Year 1983
Source Board of Royally Initiated Book Promotion Project

          Originally, Phu Tai were settled in the Sip Song Chu Tai Region, covering an area in northern Laos, northern Vietnam, and southern China. They had migrated to Thailand due to political conflicts in their homeland or being persuaded, or as prisoners of war. Phu Tai is a minority ethnic group residing in the northeast and some parts of Ratchaburi and Phetchaburi provinces. They now speak Thai and their language is very similar to the northeastern Thai dialect. Most of them originated from Muang Wang and Muang Tapon, and settled in Kalasin, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, and Ubon Ratchathani. They were involved in subsistence agriculture and trade of cows, buffaloes, animal hides and horns. In addition, they were engaged in pottery, cotton plantation, raising silk worms, and weaving silk and cotton. They are Buddhists, however, still maintain their animistic beliefs.

Text Analyst Kritsadaphorn Intharawichian Date of Report Jan 30, 2017
TAG Phu Tai, history, livelihood, Thailand, Translator -


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