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The Mnong or Munong (Vietnamese : Mơ-nông) are an ethnic group from Vietnam (92,451 in 1999) and Cambodia.

History

Mnong can be subdivided into three groups :

A number of Mnong live in the eastern Cambodian province of Mondulkiri.

Culture

Every group speaks a variant of the Mnong language, which is in the Bahnaric languages group of the Mon–Khmer language family.

Epics (Mnong language: Ot N'rong- Ot: telling by singing the poem, N'rong: old story) take an important part in Mnong people's life. Many of these epics, such as Ghu sok bon Tiăng, are quite long.

Notable people

  • N'Thu K'Nul, a Lao-Mnong person, a chieftain who established Bon Don, in Đắk Lắk Province- a famous elephant hunting and taming village. He caught a white elephant and gave it as a present to the Thai royal family in 1861, leading the king of Thailand to bestow upon him the name "Khunjunob" (literally "Elephant Hunting King")
  • N'Trang Lơng, communist hero who led villagers against French colonizers
  • Điểu Klung, epic teller
  • Điểu Kâu, ethnologist

See also

References

  1. ^ "The 2009 Vietnam Population and Housing Census: Completed Results". General Statistics Office of Vietnam: Central Population and Housing Census Steering Committee. June 2010. p. 134. Retrieved 26 November 2013.