|Photo by Lê Hoà Hiệp (Bạc Liêu Museum), © 2004 Smithsonian Institution & Vietnam Museum of Ethnology|
An Thuận village, Châu Lăng commune, Tri Tôn district, in the western part of An Giang province, has long been home to Khmer people. The village lies between two chains belonging to the Seven Mountains of An Giang, so it is also called Two Mountains village (phum Phnôm-Pi).
There are 2,700 inhabitants, of whom 88% are Khmer and the rest are Viet and Hoa. Most villagers make their living from agriculture, with a few trading or making crafts. The distinctive traditional pottery of the Khmer people has existed for a long time, but at present few households maintain the craft.
The Khmer in Two Mountains Village practice Theravada Buddhism. The pagoda is the cultural and social centre of the community, the symbol of the village. Theravada Buddhist philosophy and Khmer cultural characteristics are clearly expressed through architecture, colours, and decorative motifs in the pagodas and stupas.
Besides preserving and promoting the values of traditional culture, villagers also acquire modern cultural values, raise their living standards, and develop the economy in order to make Two Mountains more prosperous.Research Team Members:
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