Pacoh people

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Pacoh
Total population
(35,000 (est.))
Regions with significant populations
Laos, Vietnam
Languages
Pacoh, others
Religion
Animism

The Pacoh are a minority ethnic group, part of the Katuic peoples.

Etymology[edit]

The name Pacoh may mean 'mountaineers'. Alternate names for Pacoh are: Bo, Pako, and Van Kieu.

Distribution[edit]

They live mostly in an extremely remote mountainous area of Laos, near the Vietnam border. There are approximately 17,000 Pacoh in Laos, and approximately 35,000 Pacoh worldwide.[citation needed]

In Laos, the Pacoh live in the northern portion of Saravan Province (Samouay District) and the southern portion of Savannakhet Province (Nong District).

Other Pacoh live in Vietnam where they are considered a part of the Ta Oi minority. In Vietnam, the Pacoh (Khas Pakho) number approximately 15,000 (1973) and are found in the highlands of Thừa Thiên-Huế Province.[1]

Industry[edit]

Their main industry is slash-and-burn agriculture.

Religion[edit]

Most Pacoh are animists. They pray to many gods, ghosts and deities. Every village has a spirit-house on its outskirts.

Language[edit]

Pacoh speak the Pacoh language.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pacoh". Retrieved 2007-09-11.