Minyue (Chinese: 閩越) was an ancient kingdom in what is now Fujian
province in southern China. It was a contemporary of the Han dynasty,
and was later annexed by the Han empire as the dynasty expanded
southward. Its inhabitants were groups of indigenous non-Chinese
tribes called the Baiyue. The kingdom survived roughly from 334–110
1.1 Wars with the
Han dynasty and Nanyue
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According to the Shiji, the founders were members of the Yue royal
family who fled after that state was defeated by Chu and Qi in 334 BC.
An ancient stone city located in the inner mountains of
Fujian is said
to have been the
Minyue capital. The nearby tombs show the same
funerary tradition as Yue state tombs in Zhejiang Province. Hence, it
is concluded that the city was a
Wars with the
Han dynasty and Nanyue
Main articles: Southward expansion of the
Han dynasty and Han–Minyue
Minyue was partially conquered by the
Han dynasty by the end of the
2nd century BC during the Han campaigns against Minyue. However its
position (being closed off by mountains) made it almost impossible for
Han dynasty to establish a strong grip over this area.
annexed by Nanyue under
Zhao Tuo and submitted to Nanyue rule from
183–135 BC, and was finally conquered by the
Han dynasty in 110
Fujian had customs similar to those of some of
the Taiwanese aborigines, such as snake totemism, short hair-style,
tattooing, teeth pulling, pile-dwellings, cliff burials, and
uxorilocal post-marital residences. It is possible that the ancient
Taiwan aborigines were related to the
Baiyue culture, derived in
ancient times from the southeast coast of Mainland China, as suggested
by linguists Li Jen-Kuei and Robert Blust. It is suggested that in the
southeast coastal regions of China, there were many sea nomads during
the Neolithic era and they may have spoken ancestral Austronesian
languages, and were skilled seafarers. In fact, there is evidence
that an Austronesian language was still spoken in
Fujian as late as
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Wylie, A. (1880). "History of the South-Western Barbarians and
Chaou-Seen. Translated from the "Tseen Han Shoo," Book 95". The
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