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A Chang Nationality

Description: A Chang (阿昌), one of ethnic groups in China, mainly distributes in Yunnan province and Guizhou province. According to the census in 2010, A Chang takes up a population of 39,555.

Language: They speak in A Chang language and write in Chinese and Tai characters.

Religion: A Chang people believe in Hinayana.

Clothing Character: A Chang clothing features simple style and gay color. Men usually wear black, white or blue coat and black trousers with short and wide bottom. Boys like to wrap white turban, replace by black after married. On festivals or temple fairs, they are used to carrying a A Chang knife and shoulder bag on the back.


















Women’s clothing are different based on marriage or not. Married women are dressed in black and blue coat and tight skirt. The cnemises are wrapped with leggings. They wear black high turban with several colorful silk balls on the peak. Unmarried girls are dressed in colorful coats and black trousers and tie a waist. They wear black turban.

Food Culture: A Chang people take rice as the staple food. They usually make rice into noodles and ersi, which are boiled in boiling water, served with condiments while taking. Taro is favored by A Chang people. it is a must on festivals. Raising fish in rice filed is the primary source for A Chang. They prefer sour, so sour bamboo shoot, sour vegetables and sour meat are the largest character of their dining culture.

Festival: Wo Luo Festival (窝罗节), held on the 4th,Feb., is a important traditional festival for A Chang nationality. “Wo Luo” means “happy around the house”. According to the legend, the ancestor, Zhe Pama and Zhe Mima, got rid of an evil and bring benefit for the people. In order to commemorate them, later generations of A Chang sacrifice the best
meat and food on the 4th, February.


















Torch Festival (火把节) is held for good harvest and expelling worms. On the 24th, the lunar June, A Chang people kill pig and cow. At night, they light torch wander around the village. Just as the same as Tai nationality, A Chang also has songkran festival.

Handicraft: A Chang is well-known for the technique of casting iron, especially the Husa knife (户撒刀). It has been 600 years for A Chang to cast a knife. The knives are classified as production knives, life knives, hunting knives and knives for killing livestock. 


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