Pumi people

The people of the Primi ( official name in China: " Pumi "; own name in IPA: [ pʐəmi ] ;普米族Chinese, Pinyin Pǔmǐzú ) is one of the ethnic groups in the Chinese province of Yunnan. At the census in the year 2010 42.861 Primi were counted (2000: 33,600 ), of which about 98.8 % live in Yunnan.


Before Kublai Khan conquered the kingdom of Nanzhao and its many inhabitants fled to the south, this was the homeland of many other ethnic groups. The Primi life since the 13th century there.


In northwest Yunnan Primi is spoken, which is now schriftlos, but is said to have once possessed literature in Tibetan script.


The indigenous beliefs of the Primi have, in part, influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and Chinese folk religion into an independent religion, developed the so-called Dingba or Hangui religion.