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Pearic peoples (//; from [ˈpɛə]; also Por) refers to indigenous groups, including the Pear, Samre, Chong, Samray and Sa'och, which speak one of the Pearic languages and live a sparse existence after years of conflict in Cambodia and Thailand. Pearic groups speak different, but closely related, languages and share many cultural traits that differ markedly from the dominant Khmer and Thai cultures.
In the Pear communities in Preah Vihear Province, Pear population was estimated to be 299 households (1,674 persons) in 2002.
According to the Pear Samray people of Kranhung, the Kulen hill region's Samray survived because of emigration in the days of the Angkor kingdom. After the 1967 revolt of Samlaut, Pear of Stung Kranhung area moved to Ta Sanh.
While some Sa'och live in Cambodia's coastal area, many Sa’och from the Kampong Som area were taken captive by the Thai in the 1830s and resettled in Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand. Some Sa’och show physical characteristics similar to Negritos and in this respect are different from other Pearic peoples. Martin speculates the Sa’och inhabited the higher areas and the Samré the lower slopes and flatter areas before the arrival of Khmer from Champassak in about the 6th century.
Pearic peoples traditionally cultivate upland rice by the swidden method.
They follow traditional religions.
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