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May 3, 2018

China’s Lisu aim to save crossbow culture

China’s Lisu aim to save crossbow culture

For many Lisu, a mostly Christian minority that inhabit the border region with Myanmar, the crossbow is an indispensable part of their culture dating back to 200 BC.

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Ethnic Lisu people stand inside a barber shop in Daxindi township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 24, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A poster with a picture of Chinese President Xi Jinping stands by the road in an ethnic Lisu village in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 24, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A man walks along the road in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 26, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A church is reflected in a puddle during Sunday mass in an ethnic Lisu village in Fugong county of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 25, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Ethnic Lisu people prepare lunch during a festival in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 29, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Posters hang on the wall of a room of ethnic Lisu villagers in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 24, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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An ethnic Lisu woman carries her grandson in her village in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 24, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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An ethnic Lisu woman baths her daughter in Fugong township in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 25, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Ox bones which are used to make the triggers of crossbows are seen at a workshop in Liuku township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 27, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A newly made crossbow is seen at a workshop in Liuku township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 27, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Ethnic Lisu men aim their crossbows during a crossbow shooting training session at Lushui Crossbow Stadium of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 27, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A target board is seen during a crossbow shooting training session at Lushui Crossbow Stadium of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 27, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Zhang, a 26-year old ethnic Lisu man carries his daughter as he poses for a photograph with a crossbow at his house in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 26, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Zhang, a 26-year old ethnic Lisu man carries his crossbow at his village of Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 26, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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An arrow flies towards the target board during a crossbow shooting competition in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 29, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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An ethnic Lisu man rests after participating in a crossbow shooting competition in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 29, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Ethnic Lisu men attend a crossbow shooting competition in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 29, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Ethnic Lisu men look at an airplane during a crossbow shooting competition in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 29, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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An ethnic Lisu man reacts after winning a crossbow shooting competition in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 29, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A mountain road is seen in an ethnic Lisu village in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 28, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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An ethnic Lisu man carries his crossbow as he poses for a photograph during a crossbow shooting competition in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 29, 2018. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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