Name of ethnic group: Chu Ru (Cho Ru and Ru). Population: 14,978 people (Year 1999). Locality: Don Duong District in Lam Dong Province and Binh Thuan Province.
Customs and habits The
Chu Ru worship their ancestors and these rituals are carried out in the
cemetery. Each family in the Chu Ru clan consists of three to four
matrilineal generations, and monogamy is observed in Chu Ru society.
Young women choose their husbands and initiate the process of marriage.
The husband then lives with his wife's family.
Chu Ru language belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian group. They have
adopted a sedentary life and have developed a rich oral literature
composed of popular songs, folk songs, and proverbs. The "play"
(village) contains many family lineages, and other ethnic groups may
reside in the same village. "Poplay" (village chiefs) are elected by the
inhabitants of the village and a sorcerer.
Chu Ru developed farming practices very early in the culture. They also
developed agriculture, raised cattle, made bamboo and rattan articles,
and sculpted pottery. Hunting and gathering have now become sideline
occupations in every family.