Influence Of The Manchus On Han Ethnic Groups

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Many scholars have noticed the sinicization of the Manchus; however, besides hairstyle and the way of dressing, cultural influence of the Manchus on Han ethnic group have not attracted enough attention. Head flattening is a custom originated from Manchuria and Korean peninsula, and it was recorded several times by official historian to inform the readers about its peculiarity. At the end of the Qing Dynasty, head shape became one of the body features for the soldiers to single out the Manchus from other groups of people during the Taiping Rebellion and the Uprising of Wuchang. A decade after the 1911 Revolution, some residents in Beijing also noticed the soldiers from the Northeast had a skull shape different from theirs. These cases suggest
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