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Eternal Spring of Hainan Island

The southernmost territory of China – Hainan Island, China is the only island where there is an eternal spring. The traveler will always find in Hainan clean healthy air, sunny and warm (average temperature 24oC, water – 26) 300 weather days a year. Apart from Taiwan – "South Sea", as translated into Russian Hainan – China's largest island. Its natives – a nation. Their little, "only" a million and a quarter. Ancestors have lived there on the mainland, but under pressure Han first moved to mainland China on Hainan Island early in the last millennium. For centuries, whether preserved their language, culture and belief in the animate all of nature. Only in recent years, some of them were Christians.

Writing of the people is based on the Latin alphabet in 1957. In a customs surviving in Hainan, but not approved by the Communist authorities of China, to decorate the face and body tattooing women. Each tribe holds own style of patterns. They are applied at the age of 13-14 years. The ritual is by candlelight in a mysterious atmosphere and in the presence of ancestral spirits, designed to protect and patronize the girl for all her life. It is believed that precisely the patterns of the ancestors will know my cousin. If no drawings on the body, the spirits will not be able to help.

The first difficulty which confronted the girl – the lack of attention to the bride and the impossibility of marriage. Traditional process of drawing on the girl's body is very painful. As a "brush" is used sharp chicken bones or sharpened sticks. The patterns are usually applied to the face, neck, chest and thighs, sometimes on the shoulders and arms. Traditional occupation is with the island of Hainan – preparation art. Some critics believe that it is the ancestors of most of the traditions of spinning, which has mainland China. Basis ornamented with patterns of red dense and wearable fabrics – cotton, wild, tall trees which (up to 6 meters) grow in abundance on the island. Traditional motifs of patterns – the totems, the dancing man. The more modern theme – characters. Source: It Happened the first time. Blog about what has not happened …