China's Minority Peoples - The De'angs
The De'angs, with a population of 15.462, live scatterly in Luxi County of Dehong Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, and Zhenkang County of Lincang Prefecture in Yunnan Province. Some can be found in Yingjiang, Ruili, Longchuan, BaoshanXianghe, Longling and Gengma counties intermixing with the Jingpos, Hans, Lisus, Vas and Dais.
As one of the oldest tribes in the southwest border area, the De'angs, derived from the ancient Pu people, are descendants of the Mangman Tribe. After the founding of new China, they used to be called the Benglong Nationality. Later in 1985, they took the named De'ang.
Driving cattle home.
A festival meal on the balcony of a De’ang bamboo cottage.
Respecting the elderly is a tradition of the De’ang people. During festivals, younger people usually send gifts to the old.
A De’ang woman.
The De'ang language, with three dialects, belongs to the Va-Ang branch of the Austro-Asiatic family Many De’angs speak Chinese, the Dai and Jingpo languages.
Weaving a straight skirt