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A Farmer

He is a farmer of Marma Town in Cona County, Tibet (1962). There are over 10,000 Moinba people in Tibet, found in the mountainous area covered with virgin forests southeast of the Himalayas. The area enjoys mild and humid climate and is richly endowed with natural resources. People there are principally engaged in agriculture, planting corn, paddy, finger millet and cotton. Meanwhile, they also go in for animal husbandry, cloth weaving and such handicraft industries as making sugar and rattan, bamboo and wood utensils.
Approved by the State Council in 1964, the Moinba became one of the 56 ethnic groups in China. The Moinba people are chiefly found in the Medog County of Nyingchi Prefecture and Lhunze County of Shannan Prefecture, numbering over 10,000. They have their own spoken language, with complicated dialects. The dialects are mainly categorized into the "Filho"and "Boranmi" kinds, varying greatly in pronunciation. Their language belongs to the Burmese branch of Sino-Tibetan language without written form. Most Moinba people know Tibetan language. Tibetan script and calendar are generally used.
The Moinba people mainly go in for agriculture, planting corn, paddy, finger millet and cotton and at the same time engage in forestry and animal husbandry. They are also good at hunting. Moreover, they are engaged in weaving rattans and bamboos, spinning and making sugar and wood utensils. Moinba people believe in the Nyingma Sect of Tibetan Buddhism

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