Stories from Akha People in Northern Thailand

Akha is one of the languages belonging to Sino-Tibetan language family. It is reported that between 200,000 and 240,000 Akha speakers live in Burma/Myanmar and in Yunnan Province of Southwestern China, respectively. The Akha also live in Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The total population of Akha people is estimated to be 563,960.

The following four stories are from among those by Akha people living in Chiang Rai Province of Thailand. The total number of Akha speakers living in Thailand is estimated to be 56,600. They live mostly in the northern provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son. The language, written in different scripts, is actively used among Akha speakers. Many Akha people are Christian (Bradley 2007).