Visual display of the Wood case for carrying a scale to measure the weight of gold taxed upon the Nyaheun of Kong Senamnoi in Attapu Province

Wood case for carrying a scale to measure the weight of gold taxed upon the Nyaheun of Kong Senamnoi in Attapu Province

  • December 1970
  • This wooden case was used to carry the scale for weighing gold that the Nyaheun were required to pay to the Lao at Ban Sok (YB 0066) in Attapu Province according to Nyaheun elders who maintain this was fact and not legend. Each family was required to pay the equivalent size of a grain of rice. Families panned for the gold along the Xekong River, taking months to find just one grain. According to the Nyaheun, the gold was paid to the Lao at Ban Sok but then sent to King Chao Anou who paid it to the Thai king. This is according to what was told to Bill Sage by Nyaheun elders in December 1970.
  • The Nyaheun lived on the eastern part of the Boloven Plateau, while the Lao village of Ban Sok was at the base of the eastern rim of the Plateau.

Details

Photographer
Sage, William
Date
  • December 1970
Collections
Description of Original
  • Black and white photograph
Subjects
Location of Original
  • Arizona State University Library. Rare Books and Manuscripts : MSS-281 9.5.3
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