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Putianese
莆仙人/興(兴)化人
Total population
Above 5,000,000
Regions with significant populations
People's Republic of China Fujian
Languages

Puxian Min, Standard Mandarin and Minnan

Religion

Predominantly Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Traditional Chinese religion or Atheism

Related ethnic groups

Other Min Nan speaking peoples

The Putian are a Han Chinese people from Putian, part of Fujian Province, China. They speak Puxian Min, a Min language. Min is one of the Sinitic languages.

They may also be referred to as Xinghua. Xīng means lucky, and Huà means people. Henghua people originated from Henan province and migrated to the present Putian many years ago. Henghua, the language, was the official language used during the Tang Dynasty. Henghua people were said to be mostly in charge of religious affair during that era, and migrated to Fujian after the civil war.

They are referred to as "Henghua" in Malaysia.[1] Today, there are significantly large Henghua diaspora communities throughout Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia where they can be found in cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Sibu & Kuching.

Other Min-speaking ethnic groups include the Foochow people, Hoklo people, Teochew people and Hainanese people.

External links

  • Henghua United - A Facebook group created for all Henghua people around the world.

References

  1. ^ Chinese Overseas: Comparative Cultural Issues. Hong Kong University Press. p. 92.  

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