QUOTE (benja @ Dec 9 2010, 06:40 AM)
I am at awe with the discussion here so I have to chime in. All this anti-Jek and Lao vs Thai talk shows a lot of ignorance. Thai tribe came from China. Many came during the military campaign of Zhuge Liang Kong Ming (Hong Beng advisor of Lao pi) in southern China. Before the Thai tribe reach its present day location, the land was dominated by the Khmer empire. Before the Khmer empire ruled the land that is now Thailand and Laos, it was the Mon and Daravadi. So the land have had many different tribes including hill tribes. In any way, case, or form, the language and culture is common so it is of the same tribe long time ago. Lao culture has more similarities with Thai and Khamer culture than it does with Vietnam culture. The language is closer to Thai and Khmer than it is with Vietnam. Vietnam, especially the south are Indonesian Muslim called the Champa people whom the Khmer fought with and have documented record at Nakorn Wat in Siem Reap. Many from the north of Vietnam immigrated from China. I view Lao just like I view a different thai tribe in China, Burma, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
How do you know that Tai were from China?
It's just a theory told by farangs.
There are so many theories about the origin of Tai people.
The one that claimed that Tai were from China is just a theory from farangs during colonization era, and not everyone accept that theory, at least not me.
They just wanted to divide and conquer this area so they made a version of history saying that Tai were driven by Chinese up north to settle down in this area where Khmers already occupied.
They just wanted Thai, Lao, Khmer, Burmese, Mon etc. to fight each other so they can easily control.
Tai were driven by Chinese to SEA and then Chinese came to trade with Sukhothai later??
Why didn't chinese take over the land of SEA instead of driving people from the desert to a better land full with basin and seashore???
It doesn't make sense at all with those stupid theories.
Like I said, the word Suvarnabhumian was mentioned even during Buddha era to refer to people who live in what is called "SEA" today.
The land called "Suvanabhumi" was an important land that it was mentioned by Lord Buddha during his time.
I am actually a Chinese, not a Tai race, and I don't believe theories from those farangs.
I believe that Thai, Lao, Mon, Khmer, Burmese etc. are people of Suvarnabhumi and they have been living here for several thousands of year of civilization; one kingdom rose, one kingdom fell.
For example, when Khmer was falling, Sukhothai became stronger so it started to dominate this area.
When Sukhothai was falling, Ayudhaya became stronger so it dominated the area.
During the falling and rising of each kingdom, they fought each other in order to dominate the area.
The winner took people and culture of the loser to their kingdom.
And so their culture and language are very close to each other.
There was no country called Thailand, Laos, Burma, Cambodia in those days.
There was only Suvanabhumi.
The concept of border line of a country was just introduced by farangs recently to make it even more confused.
Thai, Lao, Khmer, Mon, Burmese etc. are people of one great empire called "Suvanabhumi" and the land was mentioned since 2,500 years ago during Buddha erea. And they've been living there for several thousand years.
Those farangs just skipped these facts and came up with the throey to divide and conquer.
The same thing they did with Laos and Thailand, divide and conquer.
QUOTE (benja @ Dec 9 2010, 06:40 AM)
As far as Lao reunification with Thailand, I think it is better off for Lao as they will have access to the sea, travel, resources, less language barrier than other countries and the Thai tribe will be stronger overall.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai_peoples
Thank you for supporting my idea of unification. It will make both countries stronger.
Actually, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia should reunite into one country like they were before, Suvanabhumi, the golden land.