The Lahu nationality has a population
of about 412,800, most of whom live in Lancang, Menglian,
Zhenyuan, Ximeng counties of Simao Prefectures, Shuangjiang,
gemgma, Gengma, Cangyuan counties of Lincang Prefecture
and Menghai County of Xishuanbanna Dai Autonomous
Prefecture. The Lahu people are the descendants of
the ancient Qiang people. In the 3th century, they
lived around the Erhai Lahe, and in about the 10th
century, they migrated southwards in several groups
to where they stay now .they were called "Luohei"
in the 'Qing Dynasty. "Lahu" is the name
given by themselves. "La "means "tiger",
and "Hu "means roasting meat until it becomes
fragrant .The Lahu nationality is heretheto addressed
as " A Tiger-Hunting Nationality".
The Lahu people have their own language
that belongs to the Tibeto-Burman Branch of the Sino-Language
Family. The majority of them believe in primitive
religion and Mahayana Buddhism; some believe in Christianity.
Their marital custom is called "cong qiju"
which means that after getting married, the bridegroom
should first live with the bride's family for three
years before setting up his own house.
The men generally wear black turbans
,short collarless coats ,and loose trousers. They
ware swords wherever they go. the costumes of the
women are of the typical plateau style. They wear
overcoats with vents stretching to the waist, The
overcoats are usually decorated with colorful laces
and silver bulbs on the collars and vents. They wear
The major festival of the Lahu
people is the Kuota Festival, which is their New Year
festival. Besides, they also celebrate the torch Festival,
the Nianli Festival and the dragon Boat festival.
During a festival, they sing and dance until late