The Co Tu inhabit the mountainous regions of Central Vietnam West of Hoi An and Da Nang right up to and over the Lao border. They are now counted amongst the smallest of Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups with a total population of just 60,000 people. They live in small villages comprising of mostly wood and rattan huts with a central common, Goul and Moong houses and practice subsistence agriculture and hunting methods.
The people themselves are generally small and extremely hardy due to their restricted diet and arduous lifestyles. They were seen as keen allies of North Vietnamese forces during the French and American wars and were universally respected for their knowledge of mountain survival techniques and their sheer tenacity in battle. A culture imbued with ancient hunting practices made them the ghosts of the forest.
Co Tu & Bho Hoong Facts
Traditional Co Tu tattoos are said to be markers for the soul and enable it to find its way back into the body of a sleeping person.”