Thursday, August 6, 2009

Village of Mien

The structure and location of the village is of less importance to the Mien than the individual household. There is no village gate, ceremonial building, or dancing ground-sometimes not even a very well-defined village area.

Mien favor a site on a gradual slope, with steeper slopes above and below. The site must also have a forest area with a stream nearby.

While most villages consist of only 10 - 25 houses, at least one in the Kamphaeng Phet area has over 200. Each village is made up of two or more clans, that of the founding headman tending to predominate.

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