Ethnic Miao/Hmong Chinese 苗族

From upper left to upper right: lusheng (qeej in Miao/Hmong language), butterfly, maple leaf. Lusheng is a typical Miao musical instrument; butterfly mother is the origin of Miao people in Miao legends; Miao people's first king named Chiyou was locked in a maple shackle by his enemies; maple tree is still considered as a sacred tree to keep village safe in many Miao villages. From lower left to lower right: ox-head dragon and kylin. These two sacred animals are often used as decorative figures in Miao embroidery.

苗族支系繁多,其中三大苗族方言区都崇拜蚩尤,吹奏古乐器—芦笙。芦笙是苗族文化的象征,盛大节日都要吹奏芦笙和跳芦笙舞。在苗族神话中,枫木是图腾之一,传说蚩尤被黄帝打败后械而杀之,“蚩尤所弃桎梏,是谓枫木”。至今一些村寨仍把枫树视为护寨树。在苗族传说中还有“蝴蝶妈妈”开创人世的传说。牛龙和麒麟,则是苗族刺绣中常见的装饰图案。
 
Ayouduo (阿幼朵), a well-known ethnic Miao Chinese singer. She is known as "The Queen of Miao Folk"
Listen to her songs here.
 
 
SONG Zuying (宋祖英, ethnic Miao), China's best-known female soprano. She is known as "The Queen of Chinese Folk"
Listen to her songs here.
 
 
LONG Qingquan (龙清泉), ethnic Miao Chinese, won a gold medal in Men's 56kg Weightlifting for China in 2008 Beijing Olympics
 
QIN Liangyu (秦良玉), an ethnic Miao general in the Ming Dynasty, is the only one female general recorded by China's Twenty-Five Histories (二十五史).
 
 
Two ethnic Miao young men perform Lusheng (Qeej) Dance during Miao's Lusheng Festival at Gaozhai Miao & Buyi Autonomous Town, Kaiyang County, Guiyang City, Guizhou Province of China
贵州省贵阳市开阳县高寨苗族布依族乡光中村苗族芦笙节
 
 
Three ethnic Miao girls prepare food for the Miao New Year
 
 
Ethnic Miao children in Leishan County of Guizhou Province prepare to celebrate Miao New Year
 
 
A group of Long-horn Miao (a subgroup of the Miao people) girls on the way to celebrate Miao's Tiaohua Festival (literally Dance Flower Festival)
 
 
An ethnic Miao boy carries his gun at Biasha (岜沙), Guizhou Province of China. It is generally illegal to keep or carry guns in China, but Biasha Miao tribe is an exception. 
 
 
The Qianhu Miao Village (literally One-Thousand-Families Miao Village) at Xijiang Town, Leishan County, Qiandongnan Miao & Dong Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province of China
贵州省黔东南苗族侗族自治州雷山县西江千户苗寨
 
 
Lei Gong Shan (雷公山 literally The Thunder God Mountain), the sacred mountain of Miao Chinese.
 
A cartoon image of Miao
A postcard of Miao
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