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Hilltribes Chart Book

Hilltribes Chart Book

Code: 961389

Mother & Child design size 11½" x 14½" (29cm x 37cm),
Girl & Pet design size 6" x 7½" (15cm x 19cm),
when worked on 14 count Aida fabric.

Mother and Child
Journey to the north of Thailand to visit the gentle tribal people that occupy the lush hillsides and verdant valleys of northern borderlands of Thailand, a section now called the Golden Triangle, have come from the south-west and south-central areas of China.
The Mein live among the low hills in the dense forest likely originated from southern China about 2,000 years ago. These tribal peoples are the only one to have a written language, Chinese. In recent years, both a Romanized and Thai-based script have been added by Western missionaries.
We get to know the Mien because of their written language. From such rich chronicles we have been able to save the legend of the Mien's beginnings. It was said…The Emperor Pien Hung of China, was attacked by the very powerful Emperor Kao Want and faced defeat. The dog, Phan Hu, was able to get through the lines, kill the aggressor, and bring Kao Wang's head back to the Emperor Pien Hung. Phan Hu was rewarded with one of Pien Hung's daughters as a wife, whom he took up to the mountains to live with him. They produced 12 children, six boys and six girls, from whom sprung the 12 clans of the Mien as we know them today. Or so the legend goes.

Girl & Pet
The Akha is easily recognizable by the black caps covered with silver coins worn by their women. Like most other Hilltribes, the Akha have no written language so their history was carried to this century on the backs of many colorful legends, proverbs and rituals handed down from one generation to the other. Akha are able to at least recite the male line of their family back to the "beginning." Their migration routes have been similarly remembered.
The focal point of community life is the open ground -- the "common" -- where the tribe celebrates its major festivals, especially that of the Giant Swing and where young men and women come to meet (under the watchful eye of the elders). Family history is very important when it comes to marriage for it is considered a taboo to be too closely related to another: repeating a family lineage to generations without finding a common ancestor is advisable.

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