Bahnar people

Bahnar people

ethnic group
poptime= 174,456 (1999 Census)
popplace=Vietnam, United States
rels= Traditional religion, Christianity
langs= Bahnar
Vietnamese as a second language
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The Bahnar (also spelled Ba Na) are an ethnic group of Vietnam living primarily in the Central Highland provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum, as well as the coastal provinces of Bình Định and Phú Yên. They speak a language in the Mon-Khmer language family.


Like many of the other ethnic groups of Vietnam's Central Highlands, the Bahnar play a great number of traditional musical instruments, including ensembles of pitched gongs and string instruments made from bamboo.



Epics (Bahnar language: h'amon) such as Dam Noi represent centuries-old aspirations of Banar people.

Notable Bahnar

*Dinh Nup, a hero who led villagers to carry out a war of resistance against the French colonial regime. He became the main character of a famous novel entitled "Đất nước đứng lên" ("Country rising up"), written by Nguyên Ngọc
*Ja Dok, a heroine, the wife of Nguyễn Nhạc
*Siu Black, popular singer


*Koh Kpo (or Groong Kpo Tonơi): a festival to express gratitude toward Yang (the God) with the main activity being the stabbing of a water buffalo.

External links

* [ Bahnar language page] at Ethnologue site

ee also

*Bahnar language
*Bahnaric languages
*List of ethnic groups in Vietnam
*Tay Nguyen
*Demographics of Vietnam

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