The Flowery Miao in Zhaotong

The Flowery Miao in Zhaotong As depicted by E. G. KEMP in The Face of China. New York. 1909. The prefectural town of Zhaotong was reached after passing through a dull plain, across which a piercing wind was blowing, which is characteristic of this district. It is an...

Taosi. The first capital of China

Taosi. The first capital of China Taosi is one of the most important archaeological discoveries in China in the past decades. Located in the southern part of Shanxi province, is possibly the first urban center emerged in China. The excavation of the ancient city of...

Chinese character 疚 jiù – chronic disease

Chinese character 疚 jiù – chronic disease 1. chronic disease. 2. remorse. HSK - STROKES - 8 RADICAL - 疒 Elements  ----  Illnes radical 疒 + long time 久. Phonetic series 久. It causes pain 疒 for long time 久.   内疚  nèijiù  – remorse (inner + remorse) 疚心 jiùxīn   – ashamed...

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...

There was a matriarchy among the Yugur?

There was a matriarchy among the Yugur? The matrimonial customs of the Yugur present differences between their two main groups. Among the Eastern Yugur, girls had a time of great sexual freedom. Their rite of passage was the ceremony of making the headdress, which was...

Travels

Danuohei, the stone village of the Sani minority
Danuohei, the stone village of the Sani minority

Danuohei, the stone village of the Sani minority Danuohei Village - (大糯黑村) is a Sani minority village. The Sani minority, actually a branch of the Yi, lives in the whole area around the Stone Forest until reaching Puzhehei, where one can also visit some beautiful...

Myths & tales

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...

Ethnic groups

There was a matriarchy among the Yugur?
There was a matriarchy among the Yugur?

There was a matriarchy among the Yugur? The matrimonial customs of the Yugur present differences between their two main groups. Among the Eastern Yugur, girls had a time of great sexual freedom. Their rite of passage was the ceremony of making the headdress, which was...

Books

DRAMATIC ART IN CHINA AT THE END OF THE DYNASTIC REGIME
DRAMATIC ART IN CHINA AT THE END OF THE DYNASTIC REGIME

oyaaDuring a break in my studies, the afternoon of Christmas Eve I was looking through a cabinet in which I have some somewhat old books bought on various occasions at flea markets in Beijing and Shanghai. After running into Lewis Morgan's "Ancient Society" and taking...

Chinese culture

Why do you must visit a Chinese park?
Why do you must visit a Chinese park?

Why do you must visit a Chinese park? Many experienced travelers to China include in their programs the visit a neighborhood market thinking that the essence of the culture of the people is concentrated there. And they have their point, but not only in the market you...

Chinese characters

Chinese character 坎 kǎn – pit, hole
Chinese character 坎 kǎn – pit, hole

Chinese character 吹 chuī – cook 1. pit.2. hole. 3. bank (of a river). 4. ridge HSK - STROKES - RADICAL - 土 Elements  ----  An open mouth (lacking)  欠 + earth 土 . Phonetic series 欠. A pictogram of a hole in the earth: the place lacking 欠 earth 土. 垄坎lǒngkǎn ridge...

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INDEX OF ETHNIC GROUPS PAGES

 

GeneralAchang BaiBaima – BaoanBulangBuyangBuyiChashanDaiDaur – DeangDengDong – DongxiangDulong – Ersu – EwenkiGejia – GelaoHaniHezheJingpoJinoKucongLahuLhobaLiLisuManchuMaonanMiaoMongolsMosoMulaoNamziNaxiNuOroqenPumiQiangSaniSheShuiTaluTibetanTuTujiaUygurWaXibeYaoYiYugurZhuang

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