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The Story of the Beginning of Hill Tribes ... The Story of the Beginning of Hill Tribes There are six different hill tribes in Thailand. All hill tribes live in northern Thailand, in the hills, and mountains. They occupy the province of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hosong, Lampang, as well as Tad, and Kajanaburi. Akha people originate from Tibet, to Burma, then to Thailand. The Lisu people, as well as the Lahu people all originated from Tibet as well. Then there are the Yao people that came from China, To Thailand. Hmong people have also come from China, but then to Laos, then Thailand. The Karen people originated in Burma, but are now found in Thailand as well.The population of the Akha hill tribe is 80 000 across Thailand. The Lisu is at 35 000, Lahu is 58 000, the Yao is at 50 000,Hmong are at 82 000,Karen are at 280000 Making a grand total of 535 000 hill tribe people across all of Thailand.In the past 20 years the Akha people have been farming. Growing there rice fields, cutting and burning the jungle making room for more rice farms. Every year new jungle must be cut down for new rice fields, if you use a field more then once for rice, the rice will be no good. Since so much land is taken every year for new fields, a village can only occupy a piece of land for a maximum of 3 to 4 years before the land is thoroughly exhausted. Then it is off to a new location, new farms, new land, and then the old one is burnt down. The houses of bamboo are burned with it, and then a crop of rice is planted in its place. Nowadays things are different though. The Thai government now controls the land, and is stopping the burning and the cutting of the jungle. Now they have to do rice fields on the same field every year. This is very hard for the hill tribe people, with out the use of new fields there is not enough rice growing to feed them all year. This is also destroying the customs of the hill tribe people. With no work in the fields more have to go to school. Most schools are far away and expensive though, the parent?s scraping money together to pay for it. Then after the children are educated, they are unable to work in there villages. No work for them there in their chosen professions, so they move away, finding a mate somewhere else, never moving back.With the cities growing larger the hill tribe people are now able to commute from the villages to work quit easily. Twins Akha people many years ago where not Christians, but believed in spirits. In this time the birth of twins was believed to bring bad luck to the village they were born in. This not only scared the people of this village, but also surrounding villages hearing of the twins? birth. When the twins were born everyone in the village was forced to take three days of holiday, as everyone was too scared to leave the village. Then the magic man (or women) of the village (each Akha village having there own magician) had to remove the twins from their mother, and take them out of the village to the jungle, where they were killed. Then parents of the twins where forced to leave the village for one year after the twins were killed. They would have to find there own food, water,and shelter, not allowed to return home until after they had been cleansed. Then after retuning home, the village was still convinced that even by talking to the couple bad luck might be passed on. Then the families where always cast aside, making it very difficult for any of their children to marry.This is one of the reasons the Akha people became Christian. Akha History Sickness One of the Akha people?s spiritual beliefs was that when someone fell ill they had to go see a magic man or women. The magic person would then take a personal belonging from the sick person and place it under their pillow. During the night the sprit of the sick person would come to the magician telling them what sacrifices that person had to make in order to get better. The sacrifices were always large such as: three pigs, three dogs, three chickens, and three eggs. Most people did not possess these things that they were ordered to kill though, so they were forced to buy them. Some people were to poor though to buy those things for the sacrifice, meaning they could never get well.This is one of the reasons that Akha people became Christians Now 90% of Akha people are Christian, while the other 10% of the Akha people still believe in spirits. Akha North Thailand Population and Geographical Distribution The Akha ethnic group originated from Southwest China. While more than 700,000 Akha continue to live in Yunnan province, significant numbers have migrated southward during the last century. Today, nearly 200,000 Akha live in Myanmar and 92,000 in Laos. Another 12,500 live in Vietnam where they are known as Ha Nhi. According to 1995 population figures published by the Tribal Research Institute of Chiang Rai, there are over 80,000 Akha living in 258 villages in North Thailand. Speakers of Tai languages often call the Akha "Ekaw" or simply "Kaw," terms viewed derogatory by the Akha because these terms are akin to words which mean "slave." ToTAL : 1.084.500 AKHA PEOPLE Photos of Sponsored ... Thank you for every one choosing to make a donation to our Akha people at the Akha Churches Foundation in Thailand and Akha Hill Tribe Education Project God Bless you and Look After every one great help in Thailand. They live in the village of Aalten, The Netherlands, and write for a church newspaper. They have writen articles on Christianity in this village. The article comes out every second week and you can check out there website at ( It is in Dutch though.) Because of their strong Christian beliefs and the generosity they are sponsoring ACT to help the Akha people. With this money the Akha people can put money towards a priest, new churches, as well as spreading the word across Asia. Janen and Anneke Haring Donate 200 Euro =Year 2007 to Akha Churches in Thailand Janen and Anneke Haring and Aalten villge people Donate 300 Euru= 27/07/07 to Akha Churches in Thailand Mr.William Levin and family The woman on my left is my wife, Allison. The five girls (left to right are: Alexsis 16, Jeanette 12, Victoria 11, Alyssa 6, Emily 9 ) are our daughters. Yes, 5 daughters. My life is NEVER quiet. Ages 6-16 all with "BETTER IDEAS" and "EMOTIONAL OPINIONS". LOL. Donate US $ 250 = 20/03/2007 To Akha Hill Education Project Mr. Iain , Melanie and their little boy is AleX Donate US $ 100 =20/06/2007 To Akha Hill Education Project Van, Waas, Dyk, Van, Veen, Family from Holland Visit Akha Hill House on 22/07/2007 and donate 2000 thai baht to Akha Hill Education Project Very poor Akha family 97 children from the Akha village The Akha village that the children are from 22 kids from the Akha village The Akha Village that the kids are from 34 children from the Akha Village The Akha Village that the kids are from 39 children from the Akha Village The Akha Village that the kids are from 24 children from the Akha Village Total number of children: 216 These children are very poor and need support from anyone who can help.The children need the following things for school: *1, Notebooks for writing *2, Pencils and pens *3, Umbrellas *4, Backpacks *5, Uniforms The children also need money to pay for books. Books for grade 1 are 850 baht. Books for grades 2-6 are 960 baht each year. AKHA HILL TRIBE EDUCATION PROJECT POUNDATION THANK YOU! - GUI LAH HUI MA! CONTRIBUTION Can be sent from your home to Akha Hill Student Project Bangkok Bank Chiang Ri Branch Account number 262-4-628174 Bank Swift Code: BKKBTHBK The people heading this project are: Apae Amor, Kasem yesaw, Asui Rakchad For more information, please contact Mr. Apae Amor by email:, or by phone: 6689-9975505 97/7 Doi Hang,Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand Mobile: 08-9997-5505 Office: 053-745140 Email :
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