Tai Dón people
|Regions with significant populations|
|Tai Dón, Lao, others|
|Animist, Theravada Buddhism, Christianity|
White Tai (in Thai language and Lao language Tai Khao; in Vietnamese language Tai Dón or Thái Trắng, in Chinese language Dai Duan) is an ethnic group of Laos, Vietnam and China. In Vietnam they are called Tai Dón or Thái Trắng and are included in the group of the Thái people, together with the Thái Đen ("Black Tai"), Thái Đỏ ("Red Tai"), Phu Thai, Tày Thanh and Thái Hàng Tổng. The group of the Thái people is the third largest of the fiftyfour ethnic groups recognized by the Vietnamese government.
There are approximately 280,000 White Tai in Vietnam (2002), 200,000 in Laos (1995) and 10,000 in Yunan province, China (1995).
Men are the heads of White Tai households, although division of labor is nearly equal.
The White Tai believe in multiple personal souls and hold ceremonies to recall those souls to strengthen their character.