About Tibet -»
The majority of Tibet's population of 1,890,000 is Tibetans. Tibet is so
thinly populated that it averages out 1.6 8 persons per square kilometers.
About 90% of the people live on farming and husbandry. Farmers live in the
valleys of Tsangpo River (Brahmapotra) and its major tributaries Kyichu
and Nuuang-chu. This area produces barely, wheat, peas and rape-seed, the
great northern grassland which occupies a good half of Tibet is the home
of nomads, yaks and sheep. Nomads have no fixed abodes, and keep roaming
along fine pasture together with all their belongings-tents and Livestock.
The remaining population, approximately 10%, lives in towns earning their
living mainly on business and handicraft, and many are factory workers and
Ideology of people in this land differs greatly from any other nationality
both at home in china and in the world. Religion seems almost everything.
Many live for the next life, rather than for the present. They accumulate
deeds of virtue and pray for the final liberation-enlightenment. Lips and
hands of the elders are never at still, either busied in murmuring of the
six syllable mantric prayer OM Ma Ni Pad Me Hum (Hail the Jewel in the Lotus)
or in rotation of hand prayer wheels, or counting of the prayer beads. Pious
pilgrims from every corner of Tibet day to day gather at jokhang Temple
and barkor Street offering donations and praying heart and soul for their
own Selves, for their friends, and for their friends' friends.
There are more than ten ethnic groups in Tibet, including Tibetan, Mongolian,
Nu, Drung, Moinba, Lhoba, Hui, Naxi, Deng and Sherpa. Among them, Tibetans
are the dominant inhabitants of Tibet, accounting for d92.2 percent of the
The Tibetan ethnic group of China is noted for its diligence, bravery and
long history. Tibetans live mainly in Tibet and also in some areas of Sichuan,
Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan provinces. They have their own language and written
script. Most Tibetan people are Buddhist. Their staple food is barley flour,
and they like to drink butter tea, milk tea, barley wine, and eat beef and
mutton. They do not eat odd-toed mammals. In ancient times Tibetan people
buried their dead. Now they perform cremation, exposure burial and water
The Moinba is an ancient ethnic group on the Tibet Plateau. Most Moinbas
live in Moinyu in southrn Tibet, and he rest are scattered through Medog,
Conag, Nyingchi and other counties. Moinbas have their own language but
no written script, and the Tibetan language and script are widely used among
them. Moinbas live on agriculture, but are also involved in animal husbandry,
forestry, hunting and handicrafts. Their staple foods are rice, corn and
buckwheat. Most Moinbas believe in Tibetan Buddhism. Primitive sorcery is
also worshipped in some areas. Water burial is popular among Moinbas, ground
burial, exposure burial and cremation are also conducted.
Most Lhoba people live in Lhoyu in southeastern Tibet, and a small number
live in Mainling, Medog, Zayu and Lhunze. The Lhobas have their own language
but no written script, although a small number know the Tibetan language
and script. Lhobas live on agriculture. Their staple foods are corn, millet,
rice and buckwheat.
The Hui people in Tibet are concentrated in Lhasa Xigaze and Qamdo. Most
of them are engaged in trade, handicrafts and butchery. They use both
Tibetan and Han characters in everyday life, and Urdu and Arabic for their
religious rituals. Hui people are Islamic and have built mosques in Lhasa
and other places.
The Deng people reside in Zayu County in Nyingchi Prefecture. They have
their own language but no written script. The Dengs live on agriculture.
Before liberation, the Dengs stills used the primitive slash-and-burn method.
After liberation, with the help of the government most of them have moved
out of forests and settled on the river valley.
The Sherpa people are concentrated in Lixin Township, Dinggye and Zhentang.
They have their own language and use Tibetan script.
The emigration of Han people to Tibet can be date back to the Qing Dynasty.
These days Han residents in Tibet are mostly technicians, workers, teachers,
medical professionals and officials from other provinces, municipalities
and autonomous regions of China.
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