K'Ho minority village in Dalat

K’ho, also known as CoHo or Ko Ho, is an ethnic minority group that practices a nomadic life. As a result, many subgroups of K’ho were established including K’ho Sre, K’ho T’ring, K’ho Tu Nop, K’ho Chil, K’ho Lach, and K’ho Don. Their language belongs to the Southern Asian linguistic system, Mon-Khmer group. Recently, the K’ho has developed its Latin script. There are approximately 170,000 K’ho people in Vietnam scattering in Lam Dong, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, and Dong Nai province, and HCM City.

The K’ho live mainly on cultivation, animal production, and handicrafts like forging and weaving. Like other ethnic minority groups in the Central Highlands, the K’ho still retains many of its ancient customs including religious practices. Nguyen Van Doanh is a folk culture researcher: “The K’ho believes that all aspects of life are decided by the supernatural forces. God blesses the people while disasters are caused by the evils. In addition, the K’ho worship the Sun, Moon, Mountain, River, Earth, and Rice Genies. Today, they still practice worshiping rituals in honor of the Genies during their major occasions including weddings, funerals, crop prayers, and disease killing ceremonies.”

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