Yi people

The Yi or Nuosuo people (historically known as Lolo),[note 1] are an ethnic group in China, Vietnam and Thailand. Numbering nine million people, they are the seventh largest of the 55 ethnic minority groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China. They live primarily in rural areas of Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi, usually in mountainous regions. Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture is home to the largest population of Yi people within mainland China, with two million Yi people in the region. For other countries, as of 1999, there were 3,300 Mantsi-speaking Lô Lô people living in the Hà Giang, Cao Bằng and Lào Cai provinces in Northern Vietnam.

Yi people
ယီလူမျိုး
ꆈꌠ
彝族
Alternative names:
Nuosu and dozens of others
Total population
9 million (2010)
Regions with significant populations
China (Yunnan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Guangxi): 9 million (2010)
Vietnam: 4,827 (2019)[1]
Thailand and Laos: 2,203 (2015)
Languages
Yi (majority); Southwestern Mandarin (minority)
Religion
Majority - Bimoism (native Yi variety of Shamanism); minority - Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism
Related ethnic groups
Bamar, Naxi, Qiang, Tibetan, Tujia
Black Nuosu Yi of Daliangshan

The Yi speak various Loloish languages, closely related to Burmese. The prestige variety is Nuosu, which is written in the Yi script.