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Xianbei (Asian people)


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    • Hsien-pei (Asian people)
    • Hsien-pi (Asian people)
    • Xianbi (Asian people)
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  • Sources

    • found: Work cat.: 2004639292: Nei Menggu Diqu Xianbei mu zang de fa xian yu yan jiu, 2004.
    • found: Collier's:v. 3, p. 83 ("As for the Hsien-pei ... their identification is also uncertain, but it is highly probable that they spoke an Altaic language.")
    • found: Encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com WWW site, July 28, 2004:Xianbei ("The Xianbei ... [Hsien-pi in Wade-Giles] [was] a significant nomadic people residing in modern Manchuria and eastern Mongolia before migrating into areas of the modern provinces of Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Inner Mongolia, and Liaoning. The Xianbei people actually consisted of a federation of sizeable non-Han groups ... They first became a significant part of Chinese culture during the Han period ... After the fall of the Han dynasty, the Xianbei formed a number of empires of their own ... most significantly, the Northern Wei. By the time of the Tang dynasty, they had largely merged with [the] Han populace by adopting Chinese customs, administration, and language.")
    • found: Perkins, D. Encyclopedia of China, 1999:p. 363 ("[The] Northern Wei dynasty (386-534) ... [was] established in north China by ... a branch of the nomadic tribe known as the Xianbei ... who had settled in the region of modern Shanxi Province after the fall of the Han dynasty ...")
    • found: Tiscali.reference WWW site, July 28, 2004:Three Kingdoms ("Northern China fell under the control of the Sixteen Dynasties from 317 to 386, before the rise of the Northern Wei (386-535), founded by the barbarian Xianbi (Hsien-pi) ...")
  • LC Classification

    • DS328.4.X53
  • Change Notes

    • 2004-07-28: new
    • 2018-10-04: revised
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