Traditional customs of Shui Minority

The process of getting married has four stages: inquiring, offer, engagement, and getting married. The matchmaker will carry out the inquiring and offer. Once the two are satisfied with each other, they will choose one day for an "engagement ceremony".

Family conventions: Shui people have a clan based hierarchy. An elder of seniority will hold a conference to discuss family affairs concerning moral and domestic disputes. Whenever one family holds a wedding or funeral ceremony, support will be provided by other members of the clan. The clan can possess its own cemetery, mountain forest, grass, water source, fish pond and river. The labor division in the family is traditional; men work in the field while women tend to the house. Men mainly plough and harrow the field, feed the cows, horses, transport the farmyard manure, and harvest grain; women are in charge of rice seedlings, short time planting, field care and vegetable garden care. Shui people particularly pay attention to family image. Families with the same surname live together as a clan, whose members obey the clan rules.

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