Culture History

Much of the historical information about the Palaungic groups resides in tertiary sources such as Chinese records or Tai chronicles. Secondary sources include travelogues of 19th century explorers or surveyors. Primary sources are of course the people themselves. Much of the ethnolinguistic history can be found in the myths and folktales of the people themselves.

Linguistic evidence, both in historical reconstruction and the type of work that attempts to piece together the fragmented jigsaw puzzle of the diverse Palaungic languages and their relationships to each other.  Records or reports of migration patterns would fit into this study as well.

his site aims to collect all sorts of records, bibliography, and may attempt to classify the type of data and reliability of it, but will not alter the text. It is expected that this site will hold various media - text with their English translations when possible, audio recordings and video. Ethnolinguistic histories are important to the communities themselves, so this site will preserve these histories for future generations.

Kinship records are also another source of history at a very local level. It is expected that a repository of kinship data will also be kept for the communities themselves as well as students of all sorts looking for real kinship data.

Wa Palaung Plang   Tai Loi   Samtao  Danaw  Yinchia  Riang

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