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    Editor:shixunwang       Organization:GuangXi Shelton China Travel Inof Co. Ltd.   Edited Date:2008-3-26 16:09:46  

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    Introduction

                 


      

    Population and Distribution 

    The Bouyei (also Buyi) people, with a population of 2,971,460 (in 2000), are mainly scattered in the Bouyei and Miao autonomous prefectures in south Guizhou and Anshun. Some live in the Miao and Dong autonomous prefecture in southeastern Guizhou and around Guiyang while there is also a sparse distribution in the Yunnan, Sichuan, Guangxi and other provinces.

    History

    The Bouyei people were the aboriginal dwellers on the south-east Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. They evolved from the ancient 'Luoyue' and 'Liao' people. They have been variously known as the Dujunman (Dunjun barbarian) during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms and subsequently as 'Zhongmiao', 'Zhongjia', 'Bafan' during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Throughout these periods they always referred to themselves as 'Buyi' or 'Burao'. With the founding of the PRC in 1949, following consultation with the ethnic group it was decided to agree upon the official name of Bouyei ethnic group.

    Language

    The Bouyei people have their own language, which belongs to the Zhuang-Dai branch of the Zhuang-Dong group of the Chinese-Tibetan family. This language has no traditional written form and Han characters are widely used, although a written system based upon the Latin alphabet was created with government assistance after 1949.

    Religion

    Practice is polytheistic and animistic and traditional worship of the heavens, the earth, ancestors, spirits of both the mountains and the soil, the Emperor of the waters and the forests prevail. In addition, there is also a fairly strong Catholic Christian following.

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