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Transcript of Laos
Ms. Vander Meeden's Class Map of Laos The most practiced religion in Laos is Theravada Buddhism, with almost 5,000 temples and 91.8% of the population as followers..
Most Buddhist men spend part of their lives as monks. There are about 22,000 monks in Laos, and 9,000 have gotten the rank of “senior monk”, which means they’ve spent years studying in temples.
The other religions in Laos are Islam, Roman Catholic, and Protestantism. Laos is a communist country. The chief of state is president Lt. Gen. Choummali Saignason. The vice president is Boun-Gnang Volachit. The head of government is prime minister Thongsing Thammavong. They hold elections every five years for all the branches. They have a legislative, judicial, and presidential branches just like we do. The khene is the most used instrument in lao music. It's made out of bamboo and you hold the middle part up to your mouth and blow. There are teo main types of music in Laos: Lao folk music and Mor Lam. Lao folk music known as Lam, is just a person singing with somebody playing the khene. It can be divided into two categories, Sep Nyai and Sep Noi. Mor lam is where you have two singers - one male and one female, a khene player, and other instruments including fiddles, flutes and bells. The Crow and the Peacock Lao food is highly influenced by Thai and French food. Most food is grilled, steamed, boiled, or seared and is seasoned a lot. Khao Niao is a staple food in Laos and is basically sticky rice. It's often served with fruit and is considered to be the essence of being Lao so it's expected to be served at every meal. Lao people wear modern clothes like we do but traditionally, they wore Hmong clothes. Men just wore a shirt, pants, and a vest. They also wore a sash around their heads with bright colors. Women wore a sarong, a top with elaborate designs, and a skirt. 1893: Laos becomes a French protectorate until 1945, when it is briefly occupied by the Japanese towards the end of World War II. 1946: French rule over Laos is resumed. 1954: Laos gains full independence as a constitutional monarchy. A civil war breaks out between royalists and the communist group Pathet Lao. 1960's Laos subject to aerial bombardment by the United States in an attempt to destroy North Vietnamese sanctuaries and to rupture the supply lines known as the Ho Chi Minh trail. It's estimated that more bombs were dropped on Laos than were used during the whole of World War II. 1979 Food shortages and the flight of hundreds of thousands of refugees to Thailand leads the government to modify its approach. Some private enterprise within agriculture is permitted. 1991 Security and cooperation pact signed with Thailand. A new constitution is endorsed. Kaysone Phomvihane becomes president, Khamtay Siphandon becomes prime minister. 2000 A series of bomb blasts hits the capital - the authorities blame anti-government groups based abroad. Parliament introduces death sentence for possession of more than 500 grammes of heroin. April, 2001 Two European journalists and their American translator arrested after making contact with Hmong ethnic group. The pair was found guilty of obstructing security forces and were briefly jailed. June, 2003 May, 2008 Some 69% of children in Laos lack basic health care. Famous People Bryan Thao Worra - He is a Laotian/American writer who has written five books, and was the first Laotian to recieve the Fellowship in Literature Award. Jintara Poonlap - She is a Lao pop singer who has released 40 albums over the past 10 years. Kaz Patafta - He was a soccer player for the Newcastle Jets in Australia, but now is studying to be a lawyer. Bibliography: www.ehow.com
www.lonelyplanet.com Conclusions I had a lot of fun working on this project. I learned a lot about Laos's history and government issues, what types of clothes they wear, and about the country in general. And that's ! A crow and a peacock were good friends and they would [play everyday. They both had white feathers and they wanted to be colorful. So they decided to paint themselves. The crow painted the peacock in many pretty colors and then the peacock went to show off. The next day, the peacock just poured black paint all over him.