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The Wa Nationality

Name: Wa, Awa, Kawa, Lawa, Lua, Va

Population: 400,000

Location: Yunnan Province, Cangyuan and Ximeng counties.

Introductory Articles in Ethnic China

The religious feeling of the Wa people: with a deeper religious feeling… more than 30% of their wealth was spent for religious activities.
A strange baptism among the Wa Nationality: one of their female ancestors lead the people to a river, washed their heads and the people opened their eyes to see.

Sacred forest of the Wa people: in the past, every village has some sacred forest, some times with different functions, one for expel the devils, one for dispose of the head hunted.
Wa Goodies: An ingenious way of getting them, the most valuable food for them is honey.
Who are the Wa of Manhui?: We come down the mountain about 20 years ago. In the top there are still other…
Water pipes of the Wa Nationality: In the past every Wa village had an interesting system of water pipes that provided water for the villagers. Built from bamboo tubes, every pipe can be as long as some hundred meters

More resources in the Web

Scholars Researches available in the Web

Fu Su-fei.- Wa minority Long-Houses in Da-San-Men Zhai, Xi-Meng County.

Li Yangsong.- A Discussion of several issues relating to ancient earthernware based on a study of pottery production by the Wa of Yunnan.

Li Yangsong.- Oracle Chicken Bones of the Wa People in Ximeng, Yunnan

Qing-jun Hu.- Transition from Patriarchal Slavery Slave-Owning System: An Analysis based on Chinese Ethnological Data.

Slaves appeared among the Wa people around the mid 1800s, and before the middle of the 1950s patriarchal slavery existed among approximately 40.000 Was in Ximeng in Yunnan province.

Tian Jizhou.- Ethnic relation of the Ximeng County Yue-Song Wa minority.

Aroonrut Wichienkeeo.- “Lua Leading Dogs, Toting Chaek, Carrying Chickens”: Some Comments

Regarding King’s coronation ceremony in which the Lua participated in the procession entering Chiang Mai bringing dogs, chaek, and chickens, the local Chiang Mai chronicles record that

Zhao Yanshe.- A Tentative Research on the Culture of the Wooden Drum of Wa Ethnic Group

According to the materials available, we think nothing is more primitive, peculiar and sacred than the wooden drums which are still used in the areas where the Wa people live. The Wa folks think the bronze drums can be compared to "the Mother of all the Musical Instrument"

Books and references

Basic Bibliography of the Wa Nationality:
Chinese Bibliography of the Wa Nationality

Ethnic China Photo Exhibitions about Wa Nationality

Wa sacred ceremonies performed for the public.

More Photo exhibitions about the Wa Ethnic Group

Music

Wa Nationality music

Films and Video

Documentary Films about the Wa Nationality

A documentary about the Wa in the Golden Triangle: Living in their poor and misty mountains have been integrated in the global web of trade in a position not very advantageous. Politics designed thousands of kilometers away can have a definitive impact on their lives.

Available dvds and vcds about the Wa minority
Image of the the Wa Nationality in the cinema

Art and Handicrafts

The Wa ethnic group in the art: In the works of some Chinese artists.

Travel

Travel to Wa lands

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