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Minority Dolls These rag dolls are dressed in the intricate, traditional costumes of China’s ethnic minority people groups. China officially recognizes 56 minorities. Represented here are a few of the most famous minorities. These collectibles make unique, meaningful gifts for both children and adults and are a wonderful way to raise awareness about the diversity of China.
 
Bai Woman Bouyei Woman Bulang Woman Dai Woman
Bai Woman
1.5 million Bai people live in the Dali region of SW China. Many Bai are followers of Mahayana Buddhism. Their name comes from the white (Bai) marble that can be found near their home.

Bouyei Woman
Three million Bouyei people live on the Guizhou/ Yunnan Plateau. They are considered an ancient people, with a history of over 2000 years.
Bulang Woman
Southwest China is home to 80,000 Bulang people. They traditionally live in small clans and are known as a friendly people.

Dai Woman
Nearly one million Dai people live in southwest Yunnan. Theravada Buddhism is their main religion. Boys are required to spend two years in a monastery as monks.
Han Woman Hanyi Woman Hui Woman Jingpo Woman
Han Woman
Han people make up 98% of the population of China. They speak mainly Mandarin and are proud of their long history and inventions such as paper and gunpowder.
Hanyi Woman
1.2 million Hani people live in southern Yunnan. The Hani combine animism and shamanism with ancestor worship and greatly value their genealogy.
Hui Woman
China’s 8 million ethnic Muslims are called the Hui. The Hui live in every area of China and maintain an Islamic lifestyle.
Jingpo Woman
More than 25,000 Jingpo inhabit the western mountains of Yunnan. Jingpo women wear a costume decorated with silver pieces, in the past these were used as currency.
Jinuo Woman Lisu Man Lisu Woman Manchu Man
Jinuo Woman
Numbering around 22,000, the Jinuo inhabit the tropical forests of Xishuangbanna, in Yunnan. They have their own polytheistic religion.
Lisu Man
The Lisu reside near Myanmar. Most are poor, illiterate farmers. Many Lisu people are Christians
Lisu Woman
The Lisu reside near Myanmar. Most are poor, illiterate farmers. Many Lisu people are Christians
Manchu Man
The majority of the 12 million Manchu live in China’s northern provinces. The Manchu people are now largely assimilated into the predominantly Han Chinese culture.
Manchu Woman Miao Woman Naxi Woman Pumi Woman
Manchu Woman
The majority of the 12 million Manchu live in China’s northern provinces. The Manchu people are now largely assimilated into the predominantly Han Chinese culture.
Miao Woman
The Miao minority encompasses as many as 47 different groups. With around 9.5 million, most Miao people live in southern China.
Naxi Woman
The Naxi, comprising around 270,000 people, live in the Lijiang area of SW China. Their society is matriarchal and their Dongba religion is similar to the New Age movement, embracing many religions.
Pumi Woman
Around 37,000 Pumi people live in the mountains of Yunnan. They are polytheists who strongly believe in the spirit world.
Tibetan Man Tibetan Woman Uygur Woman Wa Woman
Tibetan Man
Around 4.5 million Tibetans live in Tibet and in the neighboring provinces. They practice Lama Buddhism. Many are still nomads, living on the Tibetan plateau.
Tibetan Woman
Around 4.5 million Tibetans live in Tibet and in the neighboring provinces. They practice Lama Buddhism. Many are still nomads, living on the Tibetan plateau.
Uygur Woman
More than 9 million Uygurs live in the Xinjiang region of northwest China. The Uygurs predominant religion is Folk Islam.
Wa Woman
About 300,000 Wa dwell in the mountains of Southern Yunnan, others in Myanmar. The Wa were known for headhunting, a practice which only ceased in the late 1950s.
Yi Man Yi Woman Zhuang Woman  
Yi Man
Three million Yi live scattered across Southwest China. They exist as several very distinct people groups.
Yi Woman
Three million Yi live scattered across Southwest China. They exist as several very distinct people groups.
Zhuang Woman
The Zhuang are the largest minority in China (more than 17 million) They mostly live in Guanxi Province.
 
 
 

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