Meet the Basha, China's last gun-carrying tribe

China Plus Published: 2018-10-12 14:14:06
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A villager carries his gun and Lusheng, a traditional instrument of the Miao people, to join in a traditional celebration held in southwest China's Guizhou Province on June 28, 2018. [Photo: VCG]

Deep in the mountains of southwest China's Guizhou Province lives a unique and ancient tribe of the Miao people called the "Basha." Legend has it that the ancestors of the Basha immigrated from China's heartland to this isolated mountainous area over 2,000 years ago.

Around 2,000 members of the tribe still live in wooden houses, practice centuries-old customs, and hold their own unique spiritual beliefs. The Basha people are also unique in that they are permitted to carry guns, which are tightly regulated in China.

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