Alak people

Alak people

The Alak or Hrlak are an Austro-Asiatic ethnic group of southern Laos, living mainly in Salavan Province. They speak the Alak language.

About Alak people

The Alak or Hrlak are an Austro-Asiatic ethnic group of southern Laos, living mainly in Salavan Province. They speak the Alak language. Little is known of their history, though as a Mon_Khmer-sepaking group, their origin is presumably in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Nowadays, most Alak live in scattered villages of between ten and sixty houses, traditionally built in a circular pattern around a communal house. Houses are normally built on stilts about a metre high. The main diet and trading staple is rice, farmed with the slash-and-burn method, although small game, fish, and various plants and mushrooms provide additional food. Religious beliefs involve a range of supernatural beings, including spirits of mountains, forests and other natural features. Most villages have a shaman who helps cure the sick and predict the future for the village. The dead are typically buried in graveyards in the forest.

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