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The Northern Thai People

Northern Thai People

The Tai Yuan People In Thailand

Northern Thai Missions and Church planting Movement

The Khon Muang, or People of the Principalities , and is the name most commonly applied by the people of northern Thailand to themselves. In times past they have been referred to variously as the Tai Yuan a name now considered to be somewhat derogatory, and therefore no longer in favour and also, somewhat misleadingly, as the Northern Lao. Sometimes, indeed, they were referred to as lao phung dam, or black-bellied Lao , as the northern men tattooed themselves, in contradistinction to the lao phung khao, or white bellied Lao of Laos and the Northeast, who by and large eschewed this practice today. The Tai Yuan are found throughout Northern Thailand and along the rivers that flow into the Mekong River from Northern Laos. The Yuan are a bridge people to neighboring Khun population in the Eastern Shan State of Burma and also to the Tai Lue in Thailand, Laos, Burma and China Click to read more about the Tai Yuan…

To learn more about the history of the Tai Yuan and/or Lanna Tai and/or  Northern Tai – click here….. [same language group].

Click link to learn more about Thai, Northern People profile….
Learn more about the music of the Khon Muang Folk Songs….

And click here for a experience in Khon Muang Folk Dances…


Northern Thai language

Northern Thai, Lanna, or Kham Mueang (Northern Thai: -> IPA: [kɑm˧ mɯːaŋ˧], Thai: คำเมือง IPA: [kʰɑm˧ mɯːaŋ˧]) is the language of the Thai Yuan people of Lannathai, Thailand. It is a Tai language, closely related to Thai and Lao. Northern Thai has approximately six million speakers, most of whom live in Thailand, with a few thousand in northwestern Laos.

Speakers of this language generally consider the name Yuan to be pejorative. They generally call themselves Khon Muang (คนเมือง), Lannathai, or Northern Thai. The language is generally known by one of these terms, or as Phayap. The term Yuan is still used for the distinctive Tai Tham script that Northern Thai uses, which is closely related to the old Tai Lue Script and the Lao religious alphabets. It also resembles the Burmese and Mon alphabets. (All these alphabets derive from the Old Mon alphabet.) The use of the tua mueang, as the traditional alphabet is known, is now largely limited to Buddhist temples, where many old sermon manuscripts are still in active use. There is no active production of literature in the traditional alphabet.

Most linguists consider Northern Thai to be more closely related to Thai and the other Chiang Saeng languages than to Lao and the Lao-Phutai languages, but the distinction is never easy to make, as the languages form a continuum with few sharp dividing lines. Click link to read at Wikipedia.org the complete details about the Northern Thai language

You can also study the Northern Thai Language Group in much more detail at the link here….

The way the Northern Thais lives

In Chiangmai and the “North” many Thais are building houses that are quite different from the traditional Thai-style houses. Some designs that are “modern”, progressive, the owner might find the first floor uncomfortably warm, and the second floor like a furnace during the hot season. The traditional Thai house is quite different in design to the western-style houses now being built in Thailand. The design of the traditional Thai-style house is compatible with the climate and available resources of the country. The traditional northern Thai house was a beautifully constructed work in which a rural nature was built into the shape the design, into each room and doorway. READ MORE about Northern Thai ‘Lanna’ Houses here….


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