Lisu Ethnic Group - the Most Primitive Tribe in Yunnan Explore in China - People and Culture

The Lisu people (傈僳族) are a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group who inhabit mountainous regions of Burma (Myanmar), southwest China, Thailand, and the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

About 730,000 Lisu live in Lijiang, Baoshan, Nujiang, Diqing and Dehong prefectures in Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province, China. The Lisu form one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China.

The Lisu are believed to have originated in eastern Tibet. Research done by Lisu scholars indicates that they moved to northwestern Yunnan. They inhabited a region across Baoshan and the Tengchong plain for thousands of years. Lisu, Yi, Lahu, and Akha are Tibetan–Burman languages, distantly related to Burmese and Tibetan. After the Han Chinese Ming Dynasty, around 1140-1644 CE the eastern and southern Lisu languages and culture were greatly influenced by the Han culture of China. Taiping village in Yinjiang, Yunnan, China, was first established by Lu Shi Lisu people about 1,000 years ago. In the mid-19th century, Lisu peoples in Yinjiang began moving into Momeik, Burma, a population of southern Lisu moved into Mogok, and southern Shan State, and then in the late 19th century, moved into northern Thailand. Lisu are the descendants of Yi or Lolo ethnic groups. Yi and Nuosu are still much closer to the Lisu and Myanmar languages. 

Lisu people in India are called "Yobin". In all government records, Lisu are Yobin, and sometimes used alternately. Lisu is one of the minority tribes of Arunachal Pradesh of India. They live mainly in Vijoynagar Circle in 11 villages. Gandhigram (or Shidi in Lisu) is the largest village. Lisus are found in Miao town and Injan village of Kharsang Circle Changlang District. The Lisu traditionally lived in the Yunnan Province of China and northern Myanmar. There are about 5,000 Lisu people in India. (wikipedia)

The Tongle Village in Lisu Autonomous County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of China's Yunnan is the dwelling place for Lisu ethic group. People there still keep their primitive ways of living. They raise cattle on the first floor of their home, and live on the second floor. Lisu people live a very fulfilling and happy life.


A Lisu girl makes a toast with a wooden bowl. (Chinanews/Ren Dong)


A Lisu girl makes a toast with a wooden bowl. (Chinanews/Ren Dong)


Lisu men dance to welcome visitors. (Chinanews/Ren Dong)


A Lisu senior holds a pipe. (Chinanews/Ren Dong)


Women live in Lisu village. (Chinanews/Ren Dong)


Lisu women talk and drink. (Chinanews/Ren Dong)


The primitive Lisu village. (Chinanews/Ren Dong)

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