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Mnong people

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Total population
 Vietnam 127,334 (2019)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Đắk Lắk, Đắk Nông, Lâm Đồng, Bình Phước -  Vietnam
Mondulkiri -  Cambodia
Mnong, others
Christian, Theravada Buddhism, Animist
A longhouse in the Mnong village of Buôn Jun in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
A longhouse in the Mnong village of Buôn Jun in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Mnong women near Buan Ma Thot
Mnong women near Buan Ma Thot
Mnong's elephant carer
Mnong's elephant carer

The Mnong or Munong (Vietnamese: người Mơ-nông) are an ethnic group from Vietnam (127,334 in 2019) and Cambodia.


Mnong can be subdivided into three groups :

A number of Mnong live in the eastern Cambodian province of Mondulkiri where they are known as Pnong.


Every group speaks a variant of the Mnong language, which is in the Bahnaric languages group of the Mon–Khmer language family.

Epics (Mnong language: Ot N'rong- Ot: telling by singing the poem, N'rong: old story) take an important part in Mnong people's life. Many of these epics, such as Ghu sok bon Tiăng, are quite long.

Notable people

  • N'Thu K'Nul, a Lao-Mnong person, a chieftain who established Buôn Đôn, in Đắk Lắk Province- a famous elephant hunting and taming village. He caught a white elephant and gave it as a present to the Thai royal family in 1861, leading the king of Thailand to bestow upon him the name "Khunjanob" (literally "Elephant Hunting King")
  • N'Trang Lơng, communist hero who led villagers against French colonizers
  • Điểu Klung, epic teller
  • Điểu Kâu, ethnologist

See also


  1. ^ "Report on Results of the 2019 Census". General Statistics Office of Vietnam. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
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