Palaung

Palaung

About Palaung

The Ta'ang are a Mon_Khmer ethnic minority found in Shan State of Burma, Yunnan province of China and northern Thailand. They live mainly in the northern parts of Shan State in the Pa Laung Self-Administered Zone, with the capital at Namhsan. There are three main subgroups of Ta'ang: the Pale, Shwe and Rumai. The Palaung State Liberation Army was a rebel group which fought against the Burmese government starting from January 1963 but entered a cease-fire agreement with the Burmese government in April 1991. In China, they are referred to as the De'ang people. The Chinese government groups together the Pale, Riang, Rumai and Shwe peoples as the De'ang ethnic nationality. The group also includes the Danau (Danaw) who may no longer have a separate identity from the Pale. There are three principal Palaung languages. Most De'ang are adherents of Theravada Buddhism and Buddhist temples can be found in most of their towns.

Contributions by G.broadwell, Hintha, and Badagnani.