Name of ethnic group: Mang (Mang U and Xa La Vang). Population: 2,663 people (Year 1999). Locality: Sin Ho, Muong Te, Phong Tho districts of Lai Chau Province; and Muong Cha District of Dien Bien Province.
Customs and habits The
chief of the village, together with the council of the oldest men,
takes responsibility for the affairs of his village. The houses are
built on stilts. Young Mang men and women are free to choose their own
partners. According to customs, the two families are made to struggle
for the bride on the wedding day as the bride is brought from the house
of her family to worship the heavens.
Culture The Mang language belongs to the Mon-Khmer Group. Chin tattooing is considered a rite for young men to mature into adulthood.
wear garments consisting of a short vest open at the front and
trousers. Women wear a long skirt, a short vest open at the front, and a
piece of white cloth decorated with various motifs.
Mang practice slash-and-burn cultivation techniques with rudimentary
home-made tools. The Mang cultivate rice in terraced fields similar to
the Tha and practice basketry.