Posted on 02/13/2011

Photo taken on January 14, 2004

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The Thai-Songdam Village  บ้านโซ่ง

The Thai-Songdam Village บ้านโซ่ง 

I feel sorry for no posting photos from the Songdam people, but we are in a museum showing the exhibition of their villages. In other albums I already posted some photos from the people also called the Tai Dam or Tai Song. Once I met two Tai Dam students in Munich university studying political economy. But after their study they met Germans and remain in Germany for the rest for their life. WHATS A PITY!

The Lao Song are descendants of Lao peoples from the areas of Tonkin and areas east of Luang Prabang when they were forcibly removed to the areas of Central Thailand today as slaves and corvée labourers during Siamese annexation during the 18th and 19th centuries. Most were members of the Tai Dam ethnic group (counted by the Chinese government as members of the Dai ethnic group) and the traditional dress, language, and culture is remarkable as a preservation of Tai Dam culture in the heart of Central Thailand and Thaification policies. The Lao Song were used as guards for the royal courts and to help control the powerful Chinese minority, which explains their widespread distribution.

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