ETHNONYMS: A va, A va, Benren, Da ka va, Ka va, La, Le va, Pa rauk, Va, Xiao ka va
The people live in mountain villages, which are the basic units of Wa society. The population of the villages ranges from less than 100 to more than 400 families belonging to several clans. Most larger villages are composed of several smaller ones. Family houses are built in the ganlan style (a bamboo structure with a straw roof, raised off the ground, with livestock kept underneath).
National Minorities Commission, Yunnan Provincial Editorial Group, ed. (1983). Wazu shehui lishi diaocha (Research on the society and history of the Wa). Vols. 1-3. Kunming: Yunnan Peoples Press.
National Minorities Commission, Yunnan Provincial Editorial Group, ed. (1985). Wazu jianshi (A concise history of the Wa). Kunming: Yunnan Peoples Press.