- Bahnar people
poptime= 174,456 (1999 Census)
Vietnam, United States
rels= Traditional religion,
Vietnamese as a second language
The Bahnar (also spelled Ba Na) are an ethnic group of
Vietnamliving 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 Noirepresent centuries-old aspirations of Banar people.
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.
* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=bdq Bahnar language page] at Ethnologue site
List of ethnic groups in Vietnam
Demographics of Vietnam
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