China's Minority Peoples - The Maonans
The Maonans, with a population of 71.968, are mainly distributed in Huanjiang County in the northwest of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The others live scattered in Nandan, Hechi and Du'an.
The Maonan Bamboo Hat Dance.
During festivals, Maonan young people kneed multicolored glutinous rice into small balls and stick them lo a bamboo branch. It is said that the decorated branch will bring a good year for the family.
A Maonan woman.
The Maonan language belongs to the Dong-Shui branch of Zhuang-Dong Group of the Sino-Tibetan family. The language has no written form. In the past, Chinese characters were used to record Maonan folk songs. This method of transliteration was called the Tusu script. At present, Maonan people speak both the Zhuang language and Chinese and write in Chinese.