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KHATKU
 
They are one of the Jinghpaw groups from the Kachin stock. It is actually a name given to them based on the locality. Some are called "Dulengs" and some "Dulings". They are found mainly in the triangle area of northern Kachin State. This triangle are is the Hukaung Valley and the area between the N'maihka and the Malaihka valleys. Generally this triangle are extends form the confluence of the N'maihka and the Malihka rivers to Sumprabum at the southern tip of Putao region.
The Khatkus are usually intermingled with the Maru, Azi, Lashi. Their customs and traditions are the same as the Jinghpaw. Their dresses are also the same.The harvest festival, marriage ceremony, Manaw or New Year celebration, house warming and funerals are celebrated. Gongs, coral beads and the nat shrines are specially venerated and value.
They are mostly agricultural people but the men will go hunting in their spare time.
The village shaman is venerated as someone to foretell the future. They have a custom of sending back the spirit of the dead. Also they have the custom of asking for compensation if someone violates their customs or traditions. If the culprit is unable to pay for the compensation the whole family is liable on his behalf.
A modern Khatku maid at Shan States Day Celebration in Lashio. Northern Shan State
 
Khatku woman (Kachin stock)
NATIONAL ETHNIC
Kachin
Kayah
Kayin
Chin
Mon
Bamar
Rakhine
Shan
KACHIN
Azi
Rawangs
Taron
Lisu
Lisu(Northern)
Khatku
Maru
Lashi
Kholon Lishaw
KAYIN
Pa O
Padaung
CHIN
Naga
Khami
RAKHINE
Daingnet
Thet
SHAN
Hkamti Shan
Innthars
Palaung
Danaw
Daye
MON-KHMA
Eng
Miao
WA-PALAUNG SUB GROUP
Wa
Yin
LOLO SUB GROUP
Lahu
Akha

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