Palong (ปะหล่อง, ပလောင်)
Thai-Burmese. Name of a hill
tribe people in Thailand, that originally come from Burma's
State (fig.), where they still dwell in large numbers today,
often in hilly or mountainous areas (fig.). Their language belongs to the
linguistic group and in Thailand they live principally in the province of
where their population is estimated at around 2,300. Palong women traditionally dress in a short, usually blue,
or black, shinny jacket with a
red collar and broad silver waistbands over a long red sarong. Their headdress
is usually a simple towel wound around the head like a turban (fig.).
Both men and women customarily decorate their teeth with gold and some women
wear large, silver, disc-like earrings (fig.). Their livelihood
consists of agriculture e.g. the growing of crops such as rice, corn, beans,
sugarcane, tobacco, chilies and small plants yielding starchy roots. Besides
this they keep small live stock and in Burma their
means of living includes the cultivation of tha nat phet, a green leaf also
known as Carbia myxa (fig.), or thana hpe (fig.), which is dried and used for wrapping Burmese
cheroot cigars (fig.).
Sometimes transcribed Palaung and also called De'ang.