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It is considered that there are 40 Kirghiz tribes. This is symbolized by the yellow sun in the center of the flag of Kyrgyzstan, which has 40 rays.
The Kirghiz in China
They are found mainly in the Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture in the southwestern part of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, with a smaller remainder found in the neighboring Wushi (Uqturpan ), Aksu, Shache (Yarkant ), Yingisar , Taxkorgan and Pishan (Guma ), and in Tekes , Zhaosu (Monggolkure ), Emin (Dorbiljin ), Bole (Bortala ), Jinghev (Jing) and Gonliu in northern Xinjiang.
The Kirghiz are mainly Muslims by religion, which was adopted by the Kirghiz in China during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Kirghiz in Emin (Dorbiljin) County in Xinjiang and Fuyu County in Heilongjiang followed Lamaism, but most of the Kirghiz do conduct sacrifical ceromonies for the Animist Snake god.
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