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The Moinba have lived on the Tibet Plateau since ancient times. For the most part they are distributed in Moinyu region in the south, with some scattered in Medog, Nyingchi and Cona counties. Linguistically, the Moinba belong to the Moinba sub-group of the Tibetan-Myanmar group of the Sino-Tibetan language family.

In terms of dialects, the language is complex. While there is no written language, most Moinba people can speak and write Tibetan. Their livelihood is based on agriculture, supplemented by animal husbandry, forestry, hunting and handicrafts. Both women and men dress in robes made of pulu (a woolen fabric). On their heads they wear a small brown-crowned, orange rimmed hat gaped in the front or a black felt cap. The women wear bracelets and earrings and other ornaments and men have a chopper hanging at their waists. Men and women alike enjoy drinking wine and dipping snuff. The Moinba diet is based on rice, corn, buckwheat and jizhaogu (glutinous highland millet).

Most Moinba people adhere to Tibetan Buddhism; however, in some areas some people practise traditional shamanism. The dead are generally given water burial, but earth burial, celestial burial and cremation are also practiced.

By People's Daily Online

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