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The Yao People of Guangxi

The Yao live mainly in Guangxi, Hunan, Yunnan and Guizhou. They numbered 2,796,003 in the 2010 census.

The Yao farm sweet potatoes, maize and rice. They have recently developed hydroelectric power and increased irrigation. There are several different mutually incomprehensible Yao languages, and Chinese or Zhuang are often used for communication. Traditional religions include nature worship, ancestor worship and Daoism.

A Yao man in front of his house in Jinxiu, Guangxi, taken early in 1992. The man’s clothes are modern, his house in traditional style.

A Yao man in front of his house in Jinxiu, Guangxi, taken early in 1992. The man’s clothes are modern, his house in traditional style.

Colin with Yao people in Jinxiu, Guangxi

Colin with Yao people in Jinxiu, Guangxi

A group of Yao children in Jinxiu, Guangxi, come to watch a traditional ritual Yao dance. Taken early in 1992. One of the dancers is shown on the left.

Yao  women in full traditional dressEarly 1992 in a village near Jinxiu, Guangxi

Yao women in full traditional dress early 1992 in a village near Jinxiu, Guangxi

Yao  women in full traditional dressEarly 1992 in a village near Jinxiu, Guangxi

Yao women in full traditional dress Early 1992 in a village near Jinxiu, Guangxi

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