Xibe Nationality in Brief

Chinese Phonetic Alphabet (Pinyin): xī bó

English Translation1: Xibe

Population & Distribution2: Total population is 190,481, mainly distributed in the area of Liaoning Province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Spoken and Written Language: They have their own language which belongs to the Manch-Tungus group of Altaic language family. Their written system was adapted from Manchu in 1947.

Major Industry: Xibe people engaged in hunting and fishing. The people live in Qapqal area are engaged in agriculture and sidelined with animal husbandry.

Religious Belief:  Xibe people worship their ancestors. They also believe in Shaman and Tibetan Buddhism.

Traditional Festivals: Westward migration Festival, Blacken Festival, Earth Worship Festival and Star Worship Festival.

Traditional Diet: Steamed bun with pumpkin, hatehunsuji(assorted vegetables), milk granule, pickled fish and complete mutton feast.

Traditional Folk Art: Narrative song, Shaman dance, Hunting Dance, pouch dance and tabour dance.

Traditional Sports: Archery, dawa and playing gelaha.

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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