The Han Chinese represent the largest and oldest continuous civilization in the world, originally centered on the Yellow River basin in North China where the dependence on cereal agriculture was established, supplemented by vegetables, domestic animals, and fishing. The Han make up most of the population of China proper, as well as on the islands of Taiwan and Singapore. Traditionally, China was an agrarian state with multiple administrative levels down to the village level, where corporate patrilineages ruled. In modern times, with new marriage laws and land reform, power has devolved to women and individual farming households. Religion was a combination of local beliefs and practices from Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism; more recently also Christianity and Communist ideology.
Select the Culture Summary link above for a longer description of the culture.
Asia --East Asia
Note: Select the Collection Documents tab above to browse documents.