Mạ people

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Total population
( Vietnam 41,405 (2009)[1])
Regions with significant populations
Mạ, Vietnamese, others
Theravada Buddhism

The Ma (Vietnamese: Người Mạ) are a Mon–Khmer-speaking people in Vietnam (population 33,338 in 1999). They are concentrated mostly in the Lâm Đồng Province of the country.


The Ma language comes under the Mon-Khmer Group. The Ma have a rich oral traditions, and their culture is a tapestry of folklore. Myths, parables, and legends are an integral part of this ethnic group.[2]

Traditional attire[edit]

The Ma are also known for their traditional colorful attire. Ma women wear skirts that reach well below their knees. The men customarily wear loincloth.


  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. 
  2. ^ "54 Ethnic People of Vietnam". Retrieved 1 January 2013.