54 GROUPS: KHMER PEOPLE OF VIETNAM
This page provides some details about the Khmer people. They are one of the 54 groups of people in Vietnam.
Name of Ethnic Group
Khmer (also called Cur, Cul, Cu Tho, The Viet is of Mien origin and Khmer Krom)
Khmer People Population
1,319,652 people (2019 Census)
Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Can Tho, Kien Giang, and An Giang provinces.
Customs & Habits
The Khmer mainly practice Brahmanism and Hinayana Buddhism. Before reaching adulthood, young Khmer people often go to pagodas to study and improve their virtues and knowledge.
The Khmer have managed to preserve their own language and writings. They usually live with the Kinh and Hoa in “soc” (villages), and “phum” or “ap” (hamlets). The houses are simply built with thatched or tiled roofs. Major Khmer festivals include “Chon Cho Nam Tho May” (New Year Festival), Buddha’s Birthday, “Don Ta” (Forgive the Crimes of the Dead), and “Ooc Om Bok” (Moon Worship).
The Khmer have a long tradition in wet rice cultivation. Animal husbandry, weaving, pottery, and sugar making from the “Thot Not” Tree are other forms of economic activity.
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