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The homeland of peacocks

In the west of Yunnan Province China, there is a beautiful piece of land, which is named Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture.

Jingpo Nationality

Pubdate:2009-05-30

      Deep place can be getting shallow someday; and sloping field can be getting flat one day.'

  'Spring forward, but recede instead.'

  'A fine mule kicks a kick to be a kick and a good man keeps his credit.'

  Have you heard such simple philosophical idiom?

  These are created by the Jingpo nationality.

  The pure, frank and hospitable Jingpo people mainly dwell in Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture. Villages link one another in succession; bamboo houses hide partly in the dark green jungles and emerge partly among the green bamboos. The zigzag hill pathways connect the come-and-go. Tigers, leopard, bears, deer and other animals live and multiply in forests. Rare birds are friendly, singing and dancing under the blue sky.

     Portrait & Costume

  A young man has changed their clothes into modern style with a piece of white cloth enwrapped head on. They arm long sword or spear when they go outside. A woman decorates herself with silver ornaments from head to feet. Sounds clank continually. Be careful, a Jingpo person neither likes to be touched his or her head and headcloth, nor to be borrowed the weapons. They are cautious to enemies and beasts. When hearing a sudden sound or being bumped suddenly, they will draw out the weapons to fight.

     Architecture

  Like most of other nationalities in Yunnan Province, the thatching and houses with tile roof are bamboo and timberwork. There are two doors; the front door is for visitors and the back door forbids the strangers. The hosts spread thin bamboo strips around ground on which they sleep. They rebuild their houses every seven or eight years. When building a house, the whole village comes to a hand. The work finish soon and a ceremony will be held to celebrate.

     Daily Life

  Jingpo people are simple, bright zealous and hospitable. No matter a visitor comes to any family, the master will speak to you ' please do us a favor.' Wine bottle and cigarette case are presented to you. A guest should have everything and toast too. When he wants to leave, he must say goodbye politely.

  They don't like their heads and headcloth to be touched, neither does their weapons. They are cautious to enemy and beast. When a sudden sound or to be touched suddenly, they will draw their weapons to prepare a fight, so don't displease them in that way.

  On occasion of a marriage or a funeral, they like to pick broad leaves to take as bowls and trays for everyone. The leaves should not be used inverse, otherwise he will be taken as enemy. Don't stand long time when in a Jingpo's family, he should sit in his place. If someone leaves, don't take his place.

  They carry on fire burial. Bu Gun Ge Dance will dance at night. The host will serve wine to relatives and friends.

      Festival

  They have not unitive festival among them. New Rice Festival is to choose one day to pestle new paddy to eat. Bugunge Dance is for a marriage or a funeral. Congratulation on new houses dance is for a building. Munao Zongge means coming to dance, which is held on Chinese calendar January 15. The Jingpos will get their most beautiful clothes and decorate colorful beans and silver ornaments together on Munao Square to be of carnival.

  Food

    The staple-food is rice, and the main drink is fountain and water wine. Shazhi ( a kind of chaw made of grass tobacco,bulrush and white lime) is a gift and favorite.

    Education, Sport & Entertainment

    Big bothies are built on slopes, which are for young people to get in love. When a person wants to show his love, he sings folk songs. A pair of lovers will present handkerchief or cigarette case to be a keepsake. Leaves take the place of media to transfer love feeling. A bamboo leave represents secret. A piece of soybean tree is for good.

  They create jewelly cultural arts. Idiom glimmers simple philosophic theory. Such as ' the place where is deep will be shallow someday', ' jumping ahead but recede', wind can flow valleys, words can not be overdone', ' the former burn fire, and the later close the door', and so on.

  They are good at singing and dancing. The dance style is most collection dance to reflect their lives, working, fight and offering sacrifice. A thousand people dance is grand and heroic with the uniform steps and the echo from the mountains.