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Yi ethnicity worships water in Guizhou Province

12-21-2010 08:08 BJT

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The Yi people are an ethnic community inhabiting in the northwestern part of Guizhou Province. Faced with the onslaught of modern civilization, they are struggling to maintain their centuries-old culture and tradition. In an effort to keep their culture alive, a grand ritual ceremony of water worshipping has just taken place in Dafang county.

Water is among a handful of objects that Yi people admire. It plays a key role in either their daily life or their religious beliefs.

Water worshiping is an ancient ritual shrouded in mystery for outsiders, but it is deeply rooted in the Yi ethnic culture.

The ritual ceremony is led by community leaders and usually takes place at a river bank. They pay respect to their homeland and express gratitude to their ancestors. They also pray for a peaceful and prosperous new year.

In an effort to keep their culture alive, a grand ritual ceremony of water
worshipping has just taken place in Dafang county.

Local people say the ritual symbolizes a harmonious relationship between man and nature. They are hoping to pass down the tradition to future generations.

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