Miao Nationality in Brief

Chinese Phonetic Alphabet (Pinyin): miáo

English Translation1: Miao

Population & Distribution2: Total population is 9,426,007, mainly distributed in the area of Guizhou Province, Hunan Province, Yunnan Province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Chongqing City, Hubei Province and Sichuan Province.

Spoken and Written Language: The national language belongs to the Miao branch, the Miao-Yao group of the Chinese-Tibetan language family. No script preserved.

Religious Belief: Miao worship of ancestors and nature, believe in the ghosts.

Traditional Festivals: The Miao New Year, the April Eighth festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Flower Mountain Festival and the Sisters festival.

Traditional Diet: Sour soup, sour fish, fish sauce, dog meat soup pot, oil tea and others.

Traditional Folk Art: Lusheng dance, wood drum dance, bench dance, fly tone, ancient songs and etc.

Traditional Sports: Climb knife pole, step over flames and bullfight.

Note 1: The English names of nationalities are compiled according to the usage of the Internet and written materials.

Note 2: The distribution of ethnic population and regions is cited from the computer aggregated data of the 2010 census of China. 

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