Coming to Ha Giang to visit Lo Lo tribe

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Ha Giang is the most remote province in Vietnam, home to a range of hill tribes, villages and local markets. The province covers an area of 7.914,9 square kilometres, and its population was 746.300 peoples including Mong, Lo Lo, Tay, Dao, Nung, Kinh ethnic groups, ect. While the Mong is the largest ethnic minority group, but the Lo Lo minority is the most distinctive. Really curious when meeting the Lo Lo tribe, they dressed in a very colorful and attractive outfit. 
The Lo Lo ethnic group can be divided into Flower Lo Lo and Black Lo Lo. Living in Lung Cu since ancient time, the Lo Lo people have made many efforts in reclaiming the virgin land and in grasping to this northernmost part of the country. The Lo Lo folkloric culture is very rich and unique, demonstrated with dances, songs, legends. The decoration on their turbans, shirts, skirts and trousers are particularly colourful. The Lo Lo calendar divides a year into 11 months, each corresponding to an animal’s name.

The Lô Lô mostly grow rice and corn, and raise cattle. All their animal protein is comes from their livestock; the majority of Lô Lô do not hunt or fish. There is a lot a variety between the different Lô Lô groups when is comes to dress and architectural style.

Most Lô Lô build houses in tight communities that are located in a high, dry, windy spot overlooking a valley, and near a forest if possible. In general, women’s clothing is decorated with colorful patterns made up of different cloth that is sewn together.

The Lô Lô worship dead ancestors and loved ones, and attach a lot of religious significance to the kettledrum, which is played only at funerals. Unlike other groups, such as the Tày and H’Mông, the Lô Lô do not fear evil spirits. A Lô Lô pictographic writing system was developed around 400 year ago, but few individuals can still read the symbols.

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