of the people of Kanchanaburi share the cultural and religious
beliefs of the other provinces of central Thailand, which
are predominantly Buddhist. Kanchanaburi's inhabitants are
mostly of Thai ancestry with notable Mon and Karen minorities.
Rural dwellers enjoy folk music and dances dating back at
least 500 years and which feature distinctive songs and long
drums. Such performances are re-enacted each year at Phanom
Thuan district, 24 km northeast of the provincial capital.
number of minority groups from Myanmar are concentrated in
the border areas, around Sangkhla Buri, either as a result
of internal repression and insurgency, or cross-border trading
activities. The Karens constitute the largest minority group
in the area. They have their own animist religion and distinct
cultural beliefs and lifestyle. Traditionally, Karens cultivate
by crop rotation rather than slash-and-burn agriculture, and
are among the least nomadic of the minority hill tribes.
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