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Yi woman in traditional dress

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Mountainous Yunnan, China near Thailand's northern borders is home to many distinct ethnic groups such as the Yi. 

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Immune to change by Peerawat Jariyasombat


Dressed in traditional attire, this woman of the Yi ethnic tribe native to Yunnan Province in southwest China did not look uncomfortable at all as I focused the lens and tried to capture her on camera

I spotted her by the road between Lijiang and Zhongdian. Yunnan has changed much. The roads are busier than when I was last there a few years ago, modern buildings have replaced old traditional houses and the young... well, they prefer Western clothes. But this elderly woman refused to go with the flow, hanging on instead to her traditional attire, particularly to her headdress that looks like a big black kite.

The Yi are one of 55 ethnic minorities to whom Yunnan is home and the most visible, discernible by their unique covering for the head. Animists, they worship the spirits of their ancestors, fire, hills, trees, rocks, water, earth, sky, wind and forests, and believe dragons protect their villages from evil, demons and disease.

(Source: Bangkok Post: Horizons, Faces & Places, Immune to change, 11-11-2010, PEERAWAT JARIYASOMBAT )

immune - free from some negative effect or influence ซึ่งไม่ได้รับอิทธิพลจากบางสิ่ง,  ซึ่งเป็นอิสระจากบางสิ่ง, ซึ่งไม่ได้รับผลกระทบจาก  
traditional - things (clothes, music, customs, etc.) that have been part of a country or society for a long time
attire - clothes
Yi - the Yi people, one of the largest tribal ethnic groups in China at 8 million people (See Wikipedia)
ethnic group -
a group of people who have the same culture and traditions
culture -
"the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group" (See Wikipedia)
tribe
(noun) - a form of social organization that comes before the modern state, a large group of families who live in the same area who share the same language, religion and customs เผ่า (See Wikipedia)
tribal
(adjective)
native - someone who was born in a particular place ชาวพื้นเมือง
capture - to take someone as a prisoner จับกุม
spotted - seen; noticed ปรากฏให้เห็น
prefer X - like X more than other things
elderly - older people, over 65 สูงวัย, อาวุโส, อายุมาก
refuse - will not do something they have been asked to do, decline, reject  ปฏิเสธ, ไม่ยอมรับ
go with flow - follow events as they happen, accepting them, blending in and becoming part of the group
hanging on to - continuing to do or believe something, when most people do not anymore
headdress - a large decorated hat
minorities - small groups in a society (less than 50% of the people in the society)
visible - people can see it
discernible -  can be seen, visible ซึ่งมองออก, ซึ่งมองเห็นได้, ซึ่งสังเกตเห็น,ซึ่งวินิจฉัยออก
animist -
"a philosophical, religious or spiritual idea that souls or spirits exist not only in humans but also in animals, plants, rocks, natural phenomena such as thunder, geographic features such as mountains or rivers, or other entities of the natural environment" (See Wikipedia)
spirits
- invisible life force วิญญาณ
ancestors -
a person in the same family as you who lived a long long time ago, the parents of your parents of your parents ... etc

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