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Northern Hill Tribes

THAILAND | Thursday, 13 November 2008 | Views [851] | Comments [2]

Despues de algunos dias en Bangkok tome el tren directamente hasta el norte del pais a la Ciudad de Chiang Mai. Dea ahi un autobus a la region mas al norte que tiene frontera con Myanmar y Laos Tambien conocida como el Golden Triangle o Triangulo Dorado famosa por haber sido un zona muy importante en el comercio y el cultivo del opio. Hoy en dia se ven mas cafetales que amapolas. Visitamos ahi varias aldeas de los "hill tribes" principalmente a los Akha. Aqui hay una informacion sobre ellos que encontre en internet....

"Over 100 years ago, the Hilltribe peoples migrated south from China into what are now Burma, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. The six major tribes are the Karen (Kariang, Yang), the Hmong (Meo), the Yao (Mien), the Akha (Ekaw), the Lisu (Lisaw), and the Lahu (Mussur). The main profession of all these tribes is farming, and all of them tend to migrate whenever they feel that the soil at their present location is becoming depleted.

Each tribe is district, with its own culture, religion, language, art, and dress. With Thailand undergoing rapid modern development, it is difficult yet to say whether these tribes will continue in there traditional ways of life, or whether they will eventually be absorbed into the surrounding, and ever more-encroaching, Thai society.

Akha (Ekaw)

Akha family -16K
Akha girl - 20K
Akha (Ekaw) villages are distinguished by their carved wooden gates, presided over by guardian spirits. The Akha live in raised houses, within which one small room is set aside for paying respect to ancestors.

The focal point of community life is the open ground -- the "common", if you will -- where the tribe celebrates its major festivals, especially that of the Giant Swing and where young men and women come to meet (under the watchful eye of the elders). This tribe is easily recognized by the black caps covered with silver coins, worn by the women.

Tags: akha, golden triangle, hill tribes, thailand



Hola Ivan
Es un encanto seguir tu vieaje con tus bellas fotos y relatos. No pierdes el hilo.
Esperamos saber del India.
Un abrazote
Tu Papa

  Ron Dec 21, 2008 10:54 AM


hola Ivan
como estas? Soy Mauricio tu Primo . Vi las fotos de Tailadia. Estan muy bonitos. Feliz año,

  Mauricio Jan 1, 2009 1:38 PM

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