Statue of Deceased, Tampuan Hill Tribe Cemetery

Statue of Deceased, Tampuan Hill Tribe Cemetery

Statue of Deceased, Tampuan Hill Tribe Cemetery


Taken in the village of Kachon in Voensai District, Cambodia

From Wikipedia:
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The Tampuan (also spelled Tompuan or Tampuon) are an indigenous ethnic group living in northeast Cambodia. Numbering about 25,000, the Tampuan people live in the mountainous Southern and Western portions of the Cambodian province of Ratanakiri. They have their own language of the Mon-Khmer language family. Tampuans are often classified as both Khmer Loeu or montagnards, a designation given to all hilltribes in the former French Indochina. Though historically the language has been without a writing system, in the last ten years an NGO has overseen the creation of a writing system, based on the Cambodian alphabet. However, fewer than 80% of Tampuans are literate.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampuan

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Ratanakiri is situated atop the northeast plateau, bordering Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north, Stung Treng to the west and Mondulkiri to the south. A scarcely populated province, Ratanakiri shows considerable promise as an eco-tourism destination with plentiful waterfalls, volcanic lakes, a large national park and a number of waterways, all of which can be explored from the provincial capital of Banlung.

As with Mondulkiri to the south, loggers (legal and illegal) have well and truly had their way with Ratanakiri and while some areas have been protected to some extent -- notably Yak Lom crater lake and Virachey National Park -- the scars of the over-exploitation of lumber can be seen across the province and while driving across the windy, red clay roads, fields of charred tree stumps are visible.

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