THE HILLTRIBES OF THAILAND
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They originate from Laos, mainly of Luang Prabang and Xieng Khoung districts. They first migrated as labour and worked either in the teak forests or similarly isolated employment.
They are living now in small villages located on mountain slopes and survive on subsistence agriculture supplemented by hunting, fishing and trading.
The Khamu practise an animistic religion. In their native homeland Khamu shamans are considered to be excellent magico-religious practitioners and often participate in Laotian ceremonies.
This tribe trace descent in patrilineal manner and traditionally adhere to the custom of patrilocal residence.
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