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Awarahli Xun
Total population
897000
Regions with significant populations
Quaxin Xun
Languages
Takman, Awarahl Creole, Red Ñiy, other Awarahli languages
Religion
Awarahli Pashaism, Ngerupic religion
Related ethnic groups
Awarahli people

The Awarahli Xun are the second-largest non-indigenous group in Quaxin Xun after the Xuni Kuinese. They constitute 3.9% of Quaxin Xun's population.

There have been many migrations from Awarahl to Quaxin Xun, generally at times of great instability in Awarahl. The latest of these periods was the Awarahl Civil War from 1984-2009. During this period, over a million people cumulatively emigrated from Awarahli to Quaxin Xun, though many of them have since returned. However, despite the fact that most of the Awarahli Xun emigrated during the civil war, there are older populations as well.

Overall, the population has maintained their distinctive culture despite the pressure to assimilate to mainstream Xuni cultures, largely as a result of their strong Awarahli Pashaist beliefs. Despite continuing to occupy a somewhat low place in Quaxin Xun socioeconomically, their culture is nowadays celebrated as an important part of the country's diversity.

History

Though the native populations of both countries are related distantly, both being Mañi peoples, the countries' geographical separation meant that little population exchange occurred except for a few traders along the Dragon Sea maritime trade routes, for instance a few fragmentary records in the 600s and 1200s.

The first large-scale migration from Awarahl to Quaxin Xun accompanied the Terminian colonization of Awarahl in the 1400s, whereupon many Awarahli were brought as servants, or simply took advantage of the Terminian naval presence to migrate, from Awarahli to Quaxin Xun. Although Quaxin Xun was not colonized, the Terminian trade presence was significant, especially given that Terminia's colony Nyatol was nearby. However, the number of Awarahli migrants was small, and they generally quickly assimilated to Quaxin Xun culture.

The largest migration by far was that which accompanied the humanitarian crisis of the Awarahl Civil War, and accordingly most Awarahli Xun are of relatively recent migration. The migration stemmed particularly from Awarahl's southwest, which continued the demographic trend among the earlier migrants to Quaxin Xun from Awarahl.

Religion

Their Pashaist beliefs have always met with a mixed reception in Quaxin Xun, which has historically distrusted Terminian influence due to attempted colonization attempts in the past. There continues to exist pressure to convert to Ngerupic religion, but recent legislation has made it logistically easier for Pashaists to practice religious customs such as following holidays and praying at set times throughout the day by providing legal protection for discrimination in the workplace, and requiring workplaces and schools to respect these customs. Nevertheless, about 30% of the Awarahli Xun population no longer actively practices Pashaism, particularly those who have been in the country for a longer time.

Languages

Migration primarily occurred from the southern islands, particularly Takman speakers. Over 70% of the Awarahli Xun people can trace at least some ancestry to the Takman-speaking groups of Awarahl. However, there are many Awarahl Creole people and Red Ñiy speakers as well- about 20% of Awarahli Xun can trace some ancestry to Red Island.

Within Quaxin Xun, Takman is the lingua franca amongst the Awarahli Xun due to the fact that most of them are from Takman-speaking groups and the fact that many early immigrants spoke only Takman, with limited knowledge of Awarahl Creole (which is the lingua franca in Awarahl itself).

Cuisine

Awarahli cuisine incorporates many dried spices and seafood in a hybridization of Terminian and indigenous culinary traditions, while Xuni cuisine emphasizes fresh spices and a heavier use of plant-based foods. The food of the Awarahli Xun can be characterized as an adaptation of Awarahli cuisine to Xuni ingredients and tastes. It tends to use dried spices like cumin and coriander as well as dried seafood products such as Awarahli dried scallop in conjunction with fresh chiles and a lot of coconut-based roux, with meat commonly served marinaded in citrus and dry spices barbecued on the side. Awarahli restaurants and food stalls are ubiquitous in even small towns in Quaxin Xun.

The most popular Awarahli Xun dishes, however, are desserts. By using cosmopolitan ingredients such as chocolate in the decadent Terminian tradition along with fresh Xuni sugarcane and herbs, and a special use of chewy manioc flour, a number of soft, sweet, aromatic desserts are prepared.