In the past, there was a place where people called the Tay people the Tho people in Sapa Vietnam, which means aboriginal people, long-standing local residents. The Tay are the most populous ethnic group in Vietnam with about 1.2 million people. Tay ethnic group has been residing in Viet Bac region for a long time, the largest in Cao Bang and Lang Son provinces. The Nung and Zhuang in South China, China are the ethnic groups related by blood to the Tay. Ancient history has said that about over 2 centuries BC, Van Lang country of the Hung kings, belonging to the Lac Viet tribe combined with the Tay Au tribe, also known as Au Viet of Thuc Phan, established Au Lac country. Thuc Phan claimed to be An Duong Vuong, based in Co Loa.
Nowadays in Sapa Vietnam
Nowadays in Sapa Vietnam, in daily life, in addition to living on stilts, the Tay people have activities very similar to those of pure Vietnamese people in lowland villages. Perhaps, in ancient times, the Vietnamese also lived in houses on stilts for the sake of preventing wild animals and fighting against weather and floods. After more than 2000 years of living together, the two ethnic groups Viet – Tay have many points of harmony. Older girls and women wear scarves as well as Vietnamese women in the countryside. The Tay also follow the beliefs of worshiping grandparents and Vietnamese traditions. Cultivation of agricultural crops also has the same technique as the Vietnamese.
The Tay people have many attractive folk songs, the most prominent one is the luong singing style. This singing style is often used at night when there is a festival or guests from far away to visit. Throughout the in Sapa Vietnam, people call this singing style the universal tune, which is similar to the Quan ho song in Bac Ninh region of the lowland Vietnamese.
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