Miao Minority

Miao people mainly live in Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunan and Guangzi. There are also a small number that live on Hainan Island, in Guangdong and Hubei. These people live close amongst each other in small communities in whatever city they live in. Today, the total population of Miao people is around 9,000,000 and form one of the largest ethnic minorities in the southwestern China.The Miao minority has become dispersed across China over several centuries do their migrations all over the country. In the 3rd century they traveled to northwestern Guizhou and southern Sichuan, in the 5th century some went to eastern Sichuan and western Guizhou, in the 9th century, several were sent to Yunnan as captives and in the 16th century, many settled on Hainan Island.
The culture of the Miao people is very diversified but all comes from one common root. Their songs are very popular amongst their own people and are very unique in China. The Lusheng is the most popular instrument and they also play several others such as the drums, flutes and suona horn. Their traditional dances include the bench dance, drum dance among several others. The Miao have a highly diversified culture developed from a common root. They are fond of singing and dancing, and have a highly-developed folk literature. Their songs, which do not rhyme and vary greatly in length from a few lines to more than 15,000, are easy to understand and are very popular among the Miaos.

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