Nung People

Cultural characteristics: The Nung inhabit the far northeastern provinces near the Chinese border. Concentrated into small villages, Nung homes are typically divided into two areas, one to serve as living quarters and the other for work and worship. From ardent ancestral worship to traditional festivities, the Nung are spiritually and socially similar to the Tay people. Nung brides tradition ally command high dowries from their prospective grooms and tradition dictates inheritance from father to son, which is a sure sign of Chinese influence. Most Nung villages still have medicine men who are called upon to help get rid of evil spirits and cure the ill. The Nung are also known for their handicrafts, such as bamboo furniture, basketry, silverwork and paper making. The Nung primarily wear black and indigo clothing, and the women have elaborate headdresses.

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