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The creation of the world among the Wa of China
The creation of the world among the Wa of China

The creation of the world among the Wa of China As soon as the heaven was formed, it looked like the back of a toad, full of lumps and protrusions, it was very ugly. The god Li[i] extended his hands and was polishing without stopping. Nobody knows how many years he...

The Jinuo, descendants of the uncle
The Jinuo, descendants of the uncle

The Jinuo, descendants of the uncle The Jino, with a population of only 21.500 persons (in 2005) are one of the smallest minorities in China and the last to be officially recognized as such, as they were designated a national minority and granted the special rights...

The Blue Women of China of the Yao minority
The Blue Women of China of the Yao minority

The Blue Women of China of the Yao minority Many people have heard of the Blue Men of the Sahara (the Tuareg), but few have heard of the Blue Women of China. And in fact among the women of the so-called Landian Yao or Landen Yao outside China, the production, dyeing...

The Landing Yao Ancestral Festival of July
The Landing Yao Ancestral Festival of July

The Landing Yao Ancestral Festival of July All around China, the seventh month of the lunar calendar is known as the month of the ghosts, because in this month is celebrated the Mid-Year Festival. The Mid-Year Festival has nowadays many variations and it includes a...

We are lucky- A list of free books about the Zhuang
We are lucky- A list of free books about the Zhuang

Free books about the Zhuang Fortunately for the lovers of the Zhuang nationality culture and language, there are some books, freely available to all the interested readers. Here, there is a list of the books we know are in this moment free to read and/or download....

The world of Naxi nationality Dongba deities
The world of Naxi nationality Dongba deities

The Naxi people believe that every object, animal, plant, or natural phenomena has its own spirit. In the Dongba scriptures more than 2,400 spirits can be found. The sky, earth, sun, moon, mountains, water, wind, and even stones are all believed to be animate and...

The Bulang, aborigines of Yunnan
The Bulang, aborigines of Yunnan

The Bulang are one of the oldest populations in the Southwest of Yunnan Province. They are considered one of the aboriginal inhabitants of this province, where they could have lived for more than two thousand years. They inhabit this mountainous region that forms the...

To marry a goddess in Yunnan (Jinuo nationality)
To marry a goddess in Yunnan (Jinuo nationality)

Pedro Ceinos-Arcones. China's last but one matriarchy: The Jino of Yunnan. 2018 Jinuos’ main religious specialists are bailabao, mopei and zhalai or Blacksmith. The oldest man of the main clan in the village is called zhuoba or mother of the village; the oldest of the...

Childbirth in Naxi culture
Childbirth in Naxi culture

The rituals performed at birth suggest that in the Naxi traditional thought the entering of the Sv life god in a person is a gradual process developed during the last term of pregnancy and the first days of life, and that this process is considered complete in a first...

The wonderful culture of the Jinuo
The wonderful culture of the Jinuo

Hidden in the tropical mountains of China’s southern border lives one of its most interesting minorities: The Jino nationality. With a population of only 21,000 people they are one of the less known ethnic groups in China, who in the past were often confused with the...

Chinese characters

Chinese character 久 jiǔ – for a long time
Chinese character 久 jiǔ – for a long time

Chinese character 久 jiǔ – for a long time 1. for a long time.2. long. HSK - 3 STROKES - 3 RADICAL - 丿Elements  ----  Pictogram of a modified person. Phonetic series 久. Pictogram of a person 人= ⺈ with something in his leg, possibly some fetters that force him to walk...

Ethnic groups

The Flood Myth, Shamans and the Sani Religion
The Flood Myth, Shamans and the Sani Religion

The Flood Myth, Shamans and the Sani Religion We continue with the second chapter of Paul Vial “Los Lolos”, in which fragments dedicated to the myth of the flood and the activities of its shamans are particularly striking. CHAPTER II - RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS These...

Chinese culture

Who is this Goddess of Heaven scattering flowers?
Who is this Goddess of Heaven scattering flowers?

Who is this Goddess of Heaven scattering flowers? When we arrive in a country with a culture as different as China, it is as if a fog blanket covers our eyes, allowing us only a blurred vision of everything around us. Then we recognize the characters in their writing...

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