The Lua People are a minority cultural group native to Laos, although some also live in Thailand. Animism, Shamanism and Theravada Buddhism are common spiritual practices for the Lua. Following the Vietnam War, many Lua families escaped Laos to seek refuge in Thailand, and there was a large concentration of Lua refugees in Ban Vinai. In the early 1970s and 1980s, Lua families relocated to the United States. Today, there is a large Lua community in the state of California, expanding from Santa Rosa, Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, Sacramento, and other parts of the state of California, and also including the states of Minnesota, Tennessee, Washington, Iowa, and Illinois. Families who remained in the camps in Thailand resettled in Xaignabouli and neighboring provinces in the mid 1980s and early 1990s, where the Lua people had been originally displaced due to the wars in Southeast Asia.
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