The Bru (also Brao, Bruu, Brou) (which literally means " people living in the woods ") are an ethnic group living in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. They are closely linked linguistically and culturally to the Mountain Khmer but are heavily influenced by Laos. The Bru are also close ethnically to Pnongam peoples Hmong of Southern Vietnam/Eastern Cambodia. Despite kinship with this group, the Bru are different politically and historically from this other ethnic group. The Bru are also often associated with the Lung , Kravet and Kreung peoples because these four people groups speak similar languages and have similarly developed cultures. The Bru speak Bru, a Mon_Khmer language, which has several dialects. Their total population is estimated at 129,559 by Ethnologue. The Bru settled mostly along waterways. Traditionally they live in small houses that are built on stilts. The houses are arranged around a central meeting building around a circle.
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