Hezhen, Nanai, Hezhe;
i, nanai, kil
Regions with significant populations
Russia, China Heilongjiang
Russia Khabarovsk Krai
China Heilongjiang Province
Nanai, Mandarin Chinese (in China)
Tibetan Buddhism, Shamanism
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people (self name
natives;self name "
" means people of the Orient;
, tr. "nanaitsy"; Chinese:
"Hèzhézú"; formerly also known as
are a Tungusic people of the Far East, who have
traditionally lived along Heilongjiang (Amur),
Songhuajiang (Sunggari) and Ussuri rivers on the Middle
Amur Basin. The ancestors of the Nanais were the
Jurchens of northernmost Manchuria.
The Nanai/Hezhe language belongs to the Manchu-
Tungusic branch of the Altai languages.
2 Traditional lifestyle and culture
3 Modern population
3.1 Nanais in Russia
3.2 Nanais in China
4 Famous Nanais
5 Autonomous Areas designated for Nanai
7 External links
Own names are [kil
n] ([nanio] and [nab
i]) and [
and [nio], [b
i], [nai] means
in different dialects.
The Russian linguist L.I. Sem gives the self-name [x
n] in the Cyrillic form,
), and explains it as the self-name of the Nanais of the lower Amur, meaning, "people who
live along the lower course of the river".
It is the source of the Chinese name for the Nanais, formerly "
), and modern Chinese name "
Traditional lifestyle and culture