Wednesday, 5 October 2016
EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS
(PHU TAI PEOPLE)
Among all the communities living in Laos and Esan, the Phu Tai group have a particular cultural influence, especially for molam fans. Originaly, the Phu Tai people came from the actual North Vietnam where the first historical traces of the khaen were found on a 2200 years old bronze gong drum. They later relocated to Laos and Esan (a Phu Tai comunity can even be found in the U.S.A). Nowadays, numerous famous molam musicians and singers have Phu Tai origins: Num Phutai, Monruedi Promchak or more recently Wirapong and his molam troupe: "Silapin Phu Tai".
A Phu Tai village on the hills in Laos / during a buddhist ceremony
Kra top dance and molam during celebrations.
Women pounding rice / people praying with a mo kaen during rice harvest ceremonies
Phu Tai dances