This page provides some details about Co Tu people. They are one of the 54 groups of people in Vietnam.

Name Of Ethnic Group

Co Tu (Gao, Ha, Phuong, and Ca Tang)

Co Tu People Population

74,173 people (2019 Census)


Tay Giang, Dong Giang, and Nam Giang districts in Quang Nam Province; A Luoi and Phu Loc districts in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

Customs & Habits

The Co Tu believes in and worships Giang (Genie). In fact, the houses are in the form of an ellipse. Normally, in the middle of the village is the Rong (Communal House), a large and beautiful building used for the reception of guests, to hold meetings, rituals, and also cultural performances. Patriarchy prevails among the Co-Tu as the children take the family name of their father. The right of inheritance is reserved only for sons. Marriage dowries are also a common practice.

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Co Tu language belongs to the Mon-Khmer Group.


Men wear loincloths and leave their upper torsos naked. On the other hand, women wear skirts and short vests. In winter they wear a piece of cloth to keep them warm. Popular ornaments consist of necklaces, bracelets, and also earrings.


The Co Tu practice slash and burn cultivation, often dig holes to plant seeds, practice animal husbandry, weaving cloth and baskets, gather, hunt, and fish. In reality, the exchange of products is carried out by bartering.

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