Yi nation is one of ancient nations in Yunnan.
Their ancient people were related with Qiang nation, now the
population of 4.05 million . They are distributed over Chuxiong,
Honghe, Ailaoshang and areas of Xiaoliangshang in Yunnan. Their
language is a branch of the family of Tibetan and Myanmar
languages. Yi lives in a type of house of wood timbers battlement,
The fire of fireplace ( a hollow dug on the ground) is never put
off a year around in their houses. It is the living center of the
family so called "Fireplace Culture". Yi's nature is so
forthright, good at drinking, singing and having a felt on the
back. The family system is the structure of a husband and one wife
forming a small family. They prefer to the black color, so in the
history the Yi nobleman was always in black, the white represented
the "Wazi" meaning the serfs. The man has a black scarf around the
head and a set of black clothes. But the woman is in colorful
shining clothes. Yi nation believes in the Master of Soil and
multi-Gods religion. Their main holiday is the "Festival of Torch"
(Around in March) .