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The Apatani Tribe(阿帕塔尼) of Lhoba People(珞巴族) and its Social Change in the Eastern Section of Sino-India Disputed Territories

Li Jinke;Ma Dewen;  
Lhoba people live in the luo(珞)and Yu(渝) districts in the southern Tibet of China.Because of the territory dispute,the vast majority of Lhoba people now live in the eastern section of Sino-India Disputed Territories,which is on the south side of the so-called " McMahon Line".Apatani tribe is a branch of the Lhoba people in southern Tibet,which inhabit the Apatani Valley in eastern Cuona(错那)on the west side of Xibaxiaqu river(西巴霞曲).The Apatani Valley,with beautiful scenery and high yielding rice fields,is a pearl of the south of the Himalayas.Until the mid-20 th century,Apatani tribe maintained their distinctive traditional habits and customs.In 1948,Apatanis struggled to resist the invasion of India.During the second half of the 20 th century and then after,this branch of tribe of Lhoba has undergone profound changes in social life.
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