Kaleun people

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Kaleun
Total population
(15,700)
Regions with significant populations
Laos, Thailand
Languages
Lao, Thai
Religion
Theravada Buddhism

The Kaleun people (also called Laoeng) are an ethnic group of Thailand and Laos.

Other names[edit]

Prefixes[edit]

  • Tai Kaleun
  • Lao Kaleun

Variations[edit]

  • Kaleung
  • Kalung
  • Kalerng
  • Kelung
  • Khalong

Ethnicity[edit]

The Kaleun are a Tai ethnic group. However, they may have been descended from Bru people who shifted to a Southwestern Tai language resembling Phuthai and Yoy, as the Vietnamese also refer to the Bru as Ka Leung.[1] Chamberlain (2016) conjectures that the Kaleun may have originally been Vietic speakers.[2]

Geographic distribution[edit]

Religions[edit]

Language[edit]

The Kaleun typically speak Northeastern Thai as their primary language.

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