Yao People Guide

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In China, there are a total of over 2,000,00 Yao minority people, and they are mainly located in  Guangxi, Guangdong, Guizhou, Yunnan and Jiangxi provinces and autonomous regions. The Yao people live mostly in the subtropical areas of China with elevations ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 meters. The Yao ethnic minority is a typical nationality living in the mountainous regions of the southern part of China. The ancestors of the Yao minority lived along the Changjiang River Valley. In the periods of the Qin and Han Dynasties, this minority used to be apart of the Wuling Nationality that was located in Changsha. However, once they migrated southwards, they became known as their own minority. Similar to the other ethnic groups of China, the Yao ethnic minority has its unique religious and cultural characteristics.

The Yao minority people speak is the Yao language which is also a part of the Miao-Yao branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. Because this minority is in contact with other minorities in China and also the Han people, Yao minorities can understand other minority languages and the main Chinese language. Because the Yao people live in small villages and cut off from the larger cities, many of them still live in more primitive styles of living. They hunt, fish and farm as well as make traditional clothing and jewelry. They also continue to practice their traditional music and dance as well as their unique religious practices and marriage customs.

The Yao people have many special customers, they living in different regions have differing beliefs. Some of them worship nature, some idolize their ancestors, and some adore the totem. Make a nice handicrafts by the Yao people is well-know in anywhere.These crafts not only come in many variations, but aosl have speicl meanings. Clothes of the Yao people differ according to the regions where they live. Their clothes are mainly made of blue cloth with various pictorial designs on the fabric. Men wear short shirts without collars and Women wear trousers, short skirts or pleated skirts decorated with unique embroidery. The Yao people holds many festivals, with at least one a month. The former is held either every year, or every three to five years to ecpress their revernce for their earliest known ancestor, Panwang. Danu festival is held especially for the Yao people living in Guangxi Province to commemorate their grandmothers.

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