The Rhade are one of the Chamic-speaking ethnic minority peoples living in the Darlac plateau of Vietnam. Their traditional economy relied on the cultivation of rice on rain-fed upland swidden plots. The basic building block of society was the longhouse group, consisting of matrilineally-related women and their in-marrying spouses, as well as children born of the marriage. A cluster of longhouses formed largely self-governing villages. Following Vietnam’s independence from French colonial rule, villages were increasingly absorbed into the national political and administrative system.
- Southeast Asia
- intensive agriculturalists