Early History of the Tai (Taidam) People

According to Chinese records, civilizations once known as “Kun-ming” and “Ai-lao” were found to have existed in the area now known as the Yunnan Province of China. They formed separate small entities and fought among themselves. By the middle of the seventh century, six petty kingdoms around the Erh-hai Lake in today’s Tali region joined themselves into a stronger kingdom named Nanchao (known as Nong Sae in Lao and Thai).