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By James S Olson

When you consider that Deng Xiaoping's monetary reforms started within the early Eighties, the People's Republic of China has rejoined worldwide politics as an international energy. the rustic is probably going to develop into extra open and its inner politics will without doubt have an effect on the remainder of the realm. With greater than 1.2 billion humans divided into thousands of ethnic teams, all ruled by way of the Han humans, China's politics and its international coverage are guaranteed to be stricken by ethnicity and ethnic contention. This ebook is designed to provide librarians, scholars, students, and knowledgeable readers a prepared reference of historical past info for analyzing ethnic occasions in China.

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The spirit that exists in all natural objects is called hanido. Evil spirits and gods must be controlled through the magic of the shaman. Human beings, the Bunun believe, possess two hanidos— a good hanido of the right shoulder and a bad hanido of the left shoulder. Bununs also believe in the dehanin, a vast spirit of the sky that controls the movement of celestial objects and the weather. In recent years, Christian missionaries have made considerable headway among the Bununs. For example, many Bununs now describe the Christian deity as dehanin and Satan as hanido.

SUGGESTED READING: Atlas of Man, 1978. BOD. See TIBETAN. BODASH. See TIBETAN. BODO. See NAGA. BODPA. See TIBETAN. BOGAR. The Bogar (Bokars) people are a small ethnic group of approximately 3,000 people living today in Milin, Longzi, and Medog counties in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Although the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) classifies them as part of the Lloba* minority nationality, the Bogars are more likely to identify themselves as Bogar than as Lloba. * Much larger Bogar communities can also be found scattered across the border in southeastern Tibet, northern Myanmar (Burma), the far northwestern corner of Yunnan Province in the PRC, and on the banks of the Siang River and the Yamne River in Arunachal Pradesh State in northeastern India.

BAOZITONG. The Baozitongs are a subgroup of the Kirgiz* people. They speak a Northern Kirgiz dialect and live primarily in Wensu County in the Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. BARATILANG. The Baratilangs are one of the four primary clans of the Burusho* people of the Hunzu Valley in Pakistan. BARGA. The Bargas (Bargu) are a subgroup of the Mongol* people of the People’s Republic of China. Their dialect, spoken primarily in the northeastern section of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, is divided into two vernaculars: The so-called New Bargu vernacular is spoken by more than 50,000 people, and the Old Bargu vernacular by approximately 15,000 people.

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