Chinese Phonetic Alphabet (Pinyin): mù lǎo

English Translation1: Mulao

Population & Distribution2: Total population is 216,257, mainly distributed in the area of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Most population is distributed in Luocheng area of Guangxi.

Spoken and Written Language: The national language belongs to the Dong-Shui branch, the Zhuang-Dong group of the Chinese-Tibetan language family. No script system preserved.

Major Industry: The Mulao mainly engaged in agriculture and sidelined with coal mining.

Religious Belief: The Mulao belief in polytheism and worship of nature.

Traditional Festivals: The Yifan Festival, the Powang Festival, the Ox King Festival, the Zoupo Festival.

Traditional Diet: Bean curd sticks, pickled sauerkraut, duck sauce, glutinous rice cake in paulownia leaf, glutinous rice pudding in palm leaf, dried glutinous rice cake, boiled meat.

Traditional Folk Art: Improvisation singing in antiphonal style, ballad song, satirical song, The Yifan dance, lantern dance, the eagle dance.

Traditional Sports: Phoenix egg protection, firework snatching, pushing contest, straw dragon dance, cockfighting, under water snatching.

Note 1: The English names of nationalities are compiled according to the usage of the Internet and written materials.

Note 2: The distribution of ethnic population and regions is cited from the computer aggregated data of the 2010 census of China.


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