HPA2002 Elder Yi Men’s Hairstyle
By Hu Xiaoping (China)
HPA2002 Nomination Award
Time: April 2001
Location: Puge, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China
Yi men have the tradition of wearing long hair, which is coiled at the top of their head, and then wrap black or dark blue cloth around head. The cloth is several meters long. In addition to wrapping the head, the end of it should be bound into an awl-shaped black horn, which is set up above the forehead to show soldierly bearing. It is called "Zuotie" in Yi language and "Hero knot" in Chinese. The long hair used to be a symbol of longevity and wisdom. However, the old tradition is dying out. Few young men grow long hair now.
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