Yao People

The Yao ethnic minority is a typical nationality living in the mountainous regions of the southern part of China. Mainly located in Guangxi, Guangdong, Guizhou, Yunnan and Jiangxi provinces and autonomous regions. There are totally over 2,000,00 Yao minority people in 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 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. The Yao minority people has their own Yao language which is a part of the Miao-Yao branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. Yao minorities can understand other minority languages and the main Chinese language because of the contact with them. Still the Yao people live in small villages and cut off from the larger cities, many of them 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.

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