This page provides some details about Ma people. They are one of the 54 groups of people in Vietnam.
Name Of Ethnic Group
Ma (also known as Chau Ma, Ma Xop, Ma To, Ma Krung, and Ma Ngan)
Ma People Population
50,322 people (2019 Census)
Lam Dong Province.
Customs & Habits
The Ma live in bons (villages). Each bon is comprised of five to ten elongated houses. The chief of a bon is called the quang bon. The family of a young man proposes marriage, but after the wedding, the groom comes to live in his wife’s house. Only when he has enough wedding presents to hand over to the bride’s family can he take his wife to his house. The Ma believes in the existence of spirits in the river, the mountains, and the rice field.
The Ma language belongs to the Mon-Khmer Group. They possess rich folklore including many ancient tales, myths, and legends. Their musical instruments consist of gongs, drums, pan-pipes with bamboo-boxes, horns, bamboo string zithers, and three-holed bamboo flutes.
The women wear skirts that fall below their knees and the men wear loincloths. They also file their teeth, stretch their earlobes, and wear a lot of ornaments.
The Ma cultivate rice, corn, and cotton. Ma women are very skilled at cloth making. They are also very skillful at forging.
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