|Nature of Kaeng Lin Village|
Ban Kaeng Lin On the borders of Dong Phou Vieng National Protected Area (NPA) and on the banks of the wild Xe Lanong River stands the village of Kaeng Lin. The village was founded many years ago. At present, there are 85 families living here. UXO (unexploded ordinance) from the Second Indochina War was cleared in 2003. Ban Kaeng Lin is named after the rapids in the river. There was along tongue shaped stone that resonated as water flowed through the stone formation. Village legend says the sound was so loud that it frightened Siamese invaders, who eventually resorted to destroying the stone to stop the noise. There are over 90,000 (approx. 1.5% of national population) Makong people living in the central provinces of Khammouan, Savannakhet and Bolikhamxai. The Makong are linguistically of the Mon-Khmer groups, are said to have migrated from Burma and Lopbury district of the former Siam Kingdom. Makong means ‘bring the drum’. Traditionally the Makong are animist they pay homage to a spirit known as Mahesuck, but there are also spirits for rice planting and harvesting, spirits of birth and nursing, and spirits that control sickness and disease. There are village elders that serve as shamans that lead the rites of sacrifice and paying respect.