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sed, the Va people had no written language, and they kept records and accounting▓ or passed messages with material objects or by engraving bamboo strips. Each strip ranged from half an inch to an inch in width. Objects used implied spe

cific meaning or feelings. For instance, sugarca▓ne, banana or salt meant friendship, hot pepper anger▓, feather urgency, and gunpowder and bullets the intention of clan warfare. An alphabetic script was created for the Va peopl

e in 1957.Pork contami▓nation spreads to Northern IrelandS. Kor▓ea to relax US beef import rulesSince January the ▓first, the northern part of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Northwest China has been suffering the heaviest snowstorms in a decade. Homes have been destroyed and people dislocated. Now after day

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▓s of efforts from the government and locals, the homeless have been relocated.The cold snap that ha▓s gripped Xinjiang also brought heavy snow, especially in Tacheng and Altay regions.In Yumin County of Tacheng, melti

ng snow caused flooding th▓at destroyed arable land, rendering houses unliva▓ble. 35 households became homeless.Po

pulatio▓n: 119,300Major area of distribution: YunnanL▓anguage: JingpoReligion: BuddhismThe Jingpos, numbering 119,300, live mostly in the Dehong Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, together with the De'ang, Lisu, Acha▓ng and Han peoples. A fe


w of them are found in the Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture.The Jingpos mainly inhabit tree-covered mountainous areas some 1,500 meters above sea level, where the climate is warm. Countless snaking mountain paths conne

ct Jingpo villages, which usually consist of two-story bambo▓o houses hidden in dense forests and bamboo▓ groves.The area abounds in rare woods and medicinal herbs. ▓Among cash crops are rubber, tung oil, te

a, coffee, shellac and silk cotton. The area's m▓ain mineral resources are iron, copper, lead, coal, gold, si▓lver and precious stones. Tigers, leopar

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ds, bears, pythons, pheasants and parrots live in the region's forest?/p>

坰.The Jingpos speak a language belonging to the Tibetan-Myanmese family of the Chinese-Tibetan language system. Until 70 years ago, when an alphabetic system of writing based on Lat▓in letters was introdu

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