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    People Red Dao in Sapa

    Sapa is among the well- known beauty spots in Vietnam. It is famous not only for its landscapes but also convergence of many ethnicities living together. Coming Sapa, visitors will enjoy vibrant dresses of ethnics as H’mong Black, Red Dao, Tay, Giay, etc...  Each ethnic is different in dress, lifestyle, customs, and farming methods. In this article, Vietnam Typical tours will introduce to you know the Red Dao in Sapa. They is the second largest group in Sapa, just only after H’Mong group and live mainly in Ta Phin, Thanh Kim, Suoi Thau, Trung Chai communes.

    people Red Dao in Sapa
    The Dao (pronounced Zao) are the 9th largest ethnic group in Vietnam with a population of just under 500,000. They belong to the Hmong Dao language group and are believed to have started migrating from China in the 13th century. The Dao ethnic minority is divided into many different groups in which the Red Dao accounts for the major. 

    Language: The Red Dao spoken language belongs to the H’mong – Dao language family. Red Dao people also have their own script based on ancient Chinese language word called “Nom” but only the elderly people can read, understand and write.

    Beliefs: Dao religion has elements of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. They worship the ancestors of the family together with the legendary holy man Ban Vuong, who is considered the earliest ancestor of the Dao people.

    Costume: The Red Dao often wear red hats, indigo long blouse over trousers with many red and white decorations at the collar, lap. The costume of the Red Dao is considered as the most beautiful costume in any Sapa market. Red Dao women also have a custom of shaving eyebrows and the upper part of the forehead to make them more beautiful.

    Housing: The Dao ritual to select land for a new house is very important. At night, the household digs a bowl sized hole and fill it with rice grains that represent people, cows, buffalos, money and property. The family will know where to build the house based on the dreams that follow during the night. In the morning, the family inspects the hole to see if the rice remains – if not, the house will be built elsewhere.

    Social organization: The Red Dao men play a dominant role in the family, community and the economy. They also play a major role in ceremonies such as marriages, funerals, and building new houses. The Dao people have many different family names. Each lineage has its own system of different middle names to distinguish people of different generations.

    Festival: they organize many special festivals on the first month of lunar year such as Fire dancing festival on the first and second day of the first month of lunar year, singing contest in Ta Phin, a small village of the Red Dao and H’Mong people.

    Especially, Red Dao also famous with recipe herbal bath. All your tiredness after a long trip will disappear as taking a bath with wild leaves remedy of the Red Dao.

    And there are many things about the Red Dao are waiting to be explored. Are you ready to Sapa to learn about the life of the Red Dao yet? 

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