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Photographer's Note

This is the second picture in my series of portraits from the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Region.

The Yi people are an ethnic group in China, Vietnam, and Thailand. Numbering 8 million, they are the seventh largest of the 55 minor ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China. They live primarily in rural areas of Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangxi, usually in mountainous regions.

The Yi speak a Tibeto-Burman language and have their own script. As animists, Yi worship the spirits of ancestors, hills, trees, rocks, water, earth, sky, wind, and forests, but their religion also includes elements from Daoism, shamanism and fetishism

Traditional Yi society was based upon four castes, with the lowest being slaves and the highest rank determined by blood lineage only. In the Liangshan Mountains this system lasted till 1949.

My Yi pictures were taken in the Yi Autonomous Region in southern Sichuan. This old lady is cleaning green vegetables in front of her adobe dwelling in the hills, just a short walk up from Puge. She didn't mind having her picture taken, but did feel a bit awkward about it, so I took only one shot and walked on.

analogue picture scanned, no PP, only framed

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