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Encyclopedia > Blang
Blang
Alternative names:
Bulong
Total population

92,000

Regions with significant populations
China: Yunnan; smaller populations in Myanmar and Thailand
Language(s)
Blang
Religion(s)
Theravada Buddhism, Animist
Related ethnic groups
Va
The Blang village of Manpo, Xishuangbanna.
The Blang village of Manpo, Xishuangbanna.

The Blang (布朗族 : Bùlǎng Zú) (also spelled Bulong) people are an ethnic group. They form one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China. Yunan redirects here. ... Anthem Kaba Ma Kyei Capital Naypyidaw Largest city Yangon Official languages Burmese Demonym Burmese Government Military junta  -  Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Than Shwe  -  Prime Minister Soe Win  -  Acting Prime Minister Thein Sein Establishment  -  Bagan 849–1287   -  Taungoo Dynasty 1486–1752   -  Konbaung Dynasty 1752–1885   -  Colonial rule... Theravada (Pali; Sanskrit: Sthaviravada) is one of the eighteen (or twenty) Nikāya schools that formed early in the history of Buddhism. ... This article is in need of attention. ... The Va nationality (also spelled Wa; Chinese: 佤族 WÇŽzú; own names: Va, Ava, Parauk, i. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1765x1109, 575 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture Blang ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1765x1109, 575 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture Blang ... The Peoples Republic of China officially describes itself as a multinational unitary state and as such officially recognizes 56 nationalities or Mínzú (民族), within China: the Han being the majority (>92%), and the remaining 55 nationalities being the national minorities. ...

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Language

The Blang language belongs to the Palaung-Wa branch of the Mon-Khmer family of languages. Within the Palaung-Wa branch, Blang belongs to the Waic subgroup, which also contains the languages of the Wa and Lawa peoples in addition to Blang. Some Blang also speak Chinese language and Dai languages in addition to speaking Blang. Two systems of writing based on the Latin alphabet have been developed: 'Totham' in the Xishuangbanna and 'Tolek' from Dehong and Lincang. Palaungic languages are a subgroup of the Mon-Khmer languages. ... The Mon-Khmer languages are the autochthonous languages of Indo-China. ... The Va nationality (also spelled Wa; Chinese: 佤族 WÇŽzú; own names: Va, Ava, Parauk, i. ... Lawa are an ethnic group in northern Thailand. ... Chinese (written) language (pinyin: zhōngw n) written in Chinese characters The Chinese language (汉语/漢語, 华语/華語, or 中文; Pinyin: H nyǔ, Hu yǔ, or Zhōngw n) is a member of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages. ... The Dai (or the Thai peoples of China) is the officially recognized name of an ethnic group living in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture and the Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture (both in southern Yunnan Province of China), and also in Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar. ... Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz redirects here. ... Xishuangbanna (西双版纳) is a autonomous prefecture in southern Yunnan Province, Peoples Republic of China. ... The Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture (Chinese: Déhóng DÇŽizú Jǐngpōzú zìzhìzhōu 德宏傣族景颇族自治州) is located in the west of Yunnan province in southwest China. ... View of a cultivated area from a road in Lincang. ...


History

Chinese ethnographers identify the Blang as descendants of an ancient tribe known as the "Pu" (濮), who lived in the Lancang river valley during ancient times. It is believed that these people were one branch of a number of peoples that were collectively known to the ancient Chinese as the Bǎipú (百濮, literally "Hundred Pu"). View of the Mekong before sunset The Mekong is one of the worlds major rivers. ...


Culture

Traditionally, the Blang considered teeth blackened by chewing betel nuts a beauty characteristic. Binomial name Areca catechu Linnaeus Areca nut, or pinang, more commonly known as betel nut, is the seed of the betel palm or Areca catechu, a species of palm tree which grows throughout the Pacific, Asia, and parts of east Africa. ...


The women usually dress in jackets with black skirts. The men had tattoos in the torso and the stomach. They dressed in wide black trousers and jackets buttoned to the front. Often they would wear turbans of either white or black fabric.


The houses of the Blang are made out of bamboo and usually consist of two floors. The first floor is designed as a warehouse for food and a stable for livestock animals, such as chickens, whereas the second is designed to house the family. The chimney is located in the center of the house.


The Blang are traditionally divided into small clans, with each clan owning its own land. Every Blang town has its own cemeteries, which are divided by clans. The deceased are buried, with the exception of those who perished due to unnatural causes. In this case they are cremated.


Religion

Traditionally the Blang are mostly animists, in addition to ancestor worship. The Blang also combine their native beliefs with Theravada Buddhism. The term Animism is derived from the Latin anima, meaning soul.[1][2] In its most general sense, animism is simply the belief in souls. ... Theravada (Pali; Sanskrit: Sthaviravada) is one of the eighteen (or twenty) Nikāya schools that formed early in the history of Buddhism. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
China Ethnic Group: Blang People (611 words)
The Blang ethnic minority is one of the oldest peoples in Yunnan Province, living mainly in the mountainous area of Meng Hai County of Dai autonomous prefecture in Xishuangbanna.
The Blang have a population of 91,882 as per the year 2000.
The most popular sport of the brave Blang ethnic minority is martial art, expressing their labor, self-defense, and imitating the activities of beasts.
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