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Miao People, People of Silver
Nan Wangye, a Miao writer mentioned in his book: “Miao is a weathered nationality which is subject to constant exile and eradication, just like the Jews in Europe. However, they never give up faith, dream and vision. Since 5000 years ago, Chi You lost the war against Huangdi Emperor, Miao people were forced to migrate constantly, all the way from center plain areas of Yellow River to Hunan, Guizhou and Yuan, and even beyond the boundary to Laos and Thailand. They scaled mountains, river and valleys, marching towards the horizon where sun sets down, and build home along the cliffs. They adorn nature, worship ancestors and bear no hatred to their opponents.”
Miao People, also known as (Hmong), is a great nationality. Believed as the descendants of Chi You, Miao Nationality thrived along the Yellow River and Yangtze River as a main tribe and built the Sanmiao Kingdom there over 5000 years ago. They boast splendid culture, eye-dazzling costumes, stunning silver ornaments, exquisite embroidery, classic batik, colorful festivals, mysterious witchcraft and turbulent history.
The past millennia witnessed five major migrations of this nationality, which shaped every aspect of Miao people significantly and still has lasting influence. Miao people do have their own script at first. To avoid the persecution from the ruling class, they had to burn and wipe off these characters. The script, together with the rare few who mastered them, went into distinction by present. Miao people record their history, legend, myth, philosophy, ideas and emotion in other forms, such as silver ornaments, embroidery, music and dance. Miao costumes with unrivalled exquisiteness and rich cultural connotation, has long been famed as “the epic of Miao Nationality” or “the encyclopedia of Miao people”. Miao people are versatile and brilliant. Reed-Pipe(Lusheng) Dance, Golden Pheasant Dance, Bronze Drum Dance, Wooden Drum Dance, Xiangxi Drum Dance, Bench Dance are characterized by their alluring, graceful and mysterious charm. Miao people are good singers also. There are Flying Song(Feige, or HXak Yangt) , Wine Song, Youfang Song, Worship Song and Reed-Flute Music, which are very touching, melodious and different.
Religion, Beliefs and Witchcraft
Miao people believe in that everything around them is imbued with supernatural power. Hence, they worship the sun, moon, lightening, rivers, giant stones, caves, big trees and forests. They also pay homage to totems and ancestors. Buffalos, bamboo, maple tree and dogs enjoy sacred status in their eye. Guzang Festival, the grandest ancestor worship ritual, is held each thirteen years. Some of them are converted into pious Roman Catholics and Protestants. Miao people is famous for their witchcraft and Ganshi ( a wizard bring the deceased person to their hometown by using a magic).
the biggest Miao village on earth...
|Xijiang Thousand Household Miao Village|
|Shidong Miao Village: where to enjoy Miao Dragon Boat Festival and Sisters' Meal Festival...||Basha Miao Village: see the last tribe of gunmen in China...|
|Langde Shangzhai Miao Village: famous for Papo Festival...||Zhouxi Miao Village: see the biggest Reed-Pipe Festival in China...|
|Shiqiao Miao Village: the setting for movie Close to the Sun. It is a place where you can observe ancient paper-making...||Datang Miao Village: it is a haven where you can see Tang Dynasty hairstyles, Song Dynasty attires and unique storage house above water...|
|Nanhua Miao Village: a romantic retreat amid dense forest...||Wengxiang Miao Village|
|Dunan Miao Village: where the mysterious Zongba Festival reigns||Miao Villages in Fenghuang Ancient Town|
|Maniao Miao Village||Daboji Miao Village|
|Geduo Miao Village||Pojiao Miao Village|
|Miao Silver Ornament|
|Sour Fish Soup||Five-color Glutinous Rice|
|Baizanji ( Original Flavor Chicken)||Suantangcai( Sour Vegetable Soup)|