Lue across Borders: Pilgrimage and the Muang Sing Reliquary in Northern Laos
The Muang Sing reliquary is known locally as Thaat Muang Sing or Thaat Chiangteum. It is situated at the top of Doi Chiangteum mountain about 4 kilometres southeast from Muang Sing town, the market and administrative centre of Muang Sing district, Luang Namtha province, northern Laos. The reliquary has long been venerated by the Tai Lue and Tai Neua people of Muang Sing and by the Tai Lue of the neighbouring area of Xishuangbanna in China. There are twenty-six Lue and five Neua villages in the Muang Sing district, with all but three being located in the fertile Muang Sing valley where wet-rice cultivation is the dominant form of agriculture. The surrounding mountains are inhabited by non-Buddhist Akha and Yao tribes dependent on swidden cultivation of dry rice and opium.
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