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Hani people Yunnan

Almost all the Hani live in Yunnan. They numbered 1,660,932 in the 2010 census. They are subsistence farmers who speak a Tibeto-Burman language. They practise polytheism and nature and ancestor worship. They claim to have been the first in the world to develop rice cultivation through terraced fields, which are still prominent in their agriculture. A good example of the terraced fields are shown in the picture below.

Terraced fields in Yunnan

Terraced fields outside the county town of Honghe, in Yunnan Province, a Hani area.

I visited the Hani region of Honghe in Yunnan for a conference in December 2002. The members of the visiting delegation were welcomed by crowds standing along the streets, including a group of young men beating drums, shown in the picture.

The members of the visiting delegation were welcomed by crowds standing along the streets, including a group of young men beating drums, shown in the picture.

Hani villagers look on over a market square in a Hani village outside Honghe County Town, Guangxi. The traders in the market square are trying to sell their goods to members of a foreign delegation that visited Honghe for a conference in December 2002. I was a member of the delegation. It was the first time a foreign delegation had visited this particular village, so the members were an object of great curiosity to the villagers.

 Hani villagers

Hani villagers

Colin with Hani women in  Yunnan

Colin with Hani women in Yunnan

Hani woman in Yunnan

Hani woman in Yunnan

Hani woman and child in Yunnan

Hani woman and child in Yunnan

 Colin with Hani people in Honghe Prefecture, Yunnan Province

Colin with Hani people in Honghe Prefecture, Yunnan Province

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