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Dungan Wedding

Madina, 20, an ethnic Dungan, is covered by a red veil before she leaves for the groom’s house during wedding ceremony in Milyanfan, Kyrgyzstan. Dungans wear traditional Chinese-influenced wedding gowns, follow traditional Hui Chinese wedding ceremonies from the 19th century and practice endogamy, but due to shrinking population size, they have stopped the practice and allowed Dungans to marry other ethnicities.

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Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Camera: ILCE-7M3
Copyright: © Yam G-Jun
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